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Brother Sean backs female GAA President


A well known author and supporter of Clare GAA has said the time has come for a woman to become boss of the sporting organisation, Senan Hogan reports for The Clare Herald.

Author Bro Sean McNamara, who penned a biography of GAA founder Michael Cusack, believes the role female members play in the Association should be better recognised.

The Ennis-based Christian Brother (85) told the Star: “Women have a vital role in the GAA but all the presidents up to now have all been men.

“Almost every other national organisation has embraced the role of women and appointed them to senior positions.”

The former teacher said: “I think the time has come for a suitable woman to be given the role as president.

“It’s always thought that they wash the jerseys and the togs but they have a much more important contribution than that such as training and managing successful teams. at several levels.”

Bro Sean provoked controversy in 2009 when he claimed that the GAA was founded in Cusack’s Dublin home rather than in Hayes’ Hotel in Thurles which was always widely accepted.

Cusack’s home near Gardiner Street is now the two-star Dergvale Hotel and Bro Sean believes a plaque or museum should be located there to note its significance.

He added: “I believe there should be a museum there or at least a substantial plaque on the exterior wall.” to the GAA.

It was always commonly believed that GAA was founded in the Billiard Room in Hayes Hotel in Thurles County Tipperary in 1884 by Micheal Cusack, Maurice Davern and Archbishop Thomas Croke.



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