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*Deirdre Murphy following the 2021 intermediate camogie final. Photograph: Ruth Griffin

CLARE GAA’s Chairman has expressed confidence that the appointment of Deirdre Murphy as Chief Operating Officer will be “a great asset” for the organisation.

Officers of the County Board were informed on Tuesday night that the recommendation from Croke Park personnel tasked with interviewing candidates for the COO role was to appoint the Clooney native.

In a statement to The Clare Echo, Chairman of Clare GAA, Kieran Keating noted how Deirdre served in senior positions at the University of Limerick over the past decade.

He said, “Deirdre also comes to the role with a genuine grá for Gaelic Games and a track record of achieving success on the field of play with club, college and county as well as on the side-lines at all levels. She has also proven herself as an able administrator and manager, with excellent communications, commercial and managerial skillsets, which I have no doubt will be a great asset to Clare GAA. She has proven her value to organisations such as our hurling and camogie supporters club, Club Clare, as a volunteer, and the UL GAA Club as an employee”.

Her appointment allowed Clare GAA to be optimistic when looking to the future, Keating maintained. “Based on her experience to date, and her enthusiasm for the position which saw her emerge as the outstanding candidate from our selection process, our Management Committee are confident that Deirdre will effectively and efficiently manage the combination of employee and volunteer roles within Clare GAA and will be a key member of our team as we look forward with optimism to the years ahead”.

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