Bishopstown native Larry McCarthy who emigrated to the USA in 1985 is the new GAA president

Bishopstown native Larry McCarthy who emigrated to the USA in 1985 is the new GAA president
Votes are gathered from Larry McCarthy at GAA Congress on Friday night. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton

CORK native Larry McCarthy has been elected as the first overseas GAA President.

The Leesider will base himself in Ireland for the duration of his three-year term as the figurehead of the Gaelic Games after edging out favourite Jarlath Burns from Armagh in a tight race for the position.

Representing New York, his opponents in the battle for GAA president included former Cork chairman and Cloyne native Jerry O'Sullivan.

McCarthy is originally from Bishopstown and emigrated to the States in 1985. 

In 2018, he was elected onto the GAA’s Management Committee, becoming the first person outside Ireland or England to do so. Burns led the voting after the first two counts before McCarthy's transfers got him over the line.

Larry McCarthy, a Bishopstown native, was elected a new GAA president after being nominated by New York, where he previously served as chairman, secretary and PRO. Picture: George Hatchell
Larry McCarthy, a Bishopstown native, was elected a new GAA president after being nominated by New York, where he previously served as chairman, secretary and PRO. Picture: George Hatchell

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