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Time to be Frank

Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 4:45pm

It’s the end of an era for Cork GAA – and it’s for real this time.

Long-time Secretary Frank Murphy will step down this year, almost a decade after his retirement was first rumoured.

The position of County Secretary has been formally advertised online, appearing on

Talk of Murphy’s departure first circled in 2009 when he accepted a one-year contract extension from Cork County Board, a deal that was then extended for a further year until 2011. Murphy received another extension in 2012 to oversee the Páirc Uí Chaoimh development which was completed last year. 74-year-old Murphy has held the role for 46 years. He took over in 1972 and oversaw a number of important developments in Cork’s GAA history including the construction of Páirc Uí Chaoimh in 1976.

Candidates hoping to fill Murphy’s shoes will have to be hardworking GAA fanatics, with the online advertisement for the job stating “an excellent understanding of the GAA and its structures and in-depth interest and involvement in Gaelic games, established leadership skills and a willingness to work evenings and weekends” as essential criteria.

Desirable criteria listed for the role are an appropriate third-level degree, strong experience of financial management, a commercial and/or legal background and experience of policy development and strategic planning.

Applications will close on 20 July, with Murphy expected to officially step down in December at the Cork GAA Convention.

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