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Ex Davy CEO lined among committee of business men to compile independent report for Clare GAA

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A group of seven business men to conduct a strategic plan for Clare GAA has been put together by Éire Óg.

Following on from a motion to the County Convention seeking an independent grouping drawn from businesses and commercial interests to form a five year strategic plan for Clare GAA, The Clare Echo has now learned details of the personnel that will form part of this grouping if clubs give their backing to it.

Former Director and CEO of Davy stockbrokers Tony Garry, former St Josephs Doora/Barefield hurler and current CEO of Titan Experience Eoin Conroy, Mark O’Connell the founder and CEO of Repucon Consulting, founder and CEO of Gyrogy Colin Kelly, Managing Director of DFP Group Eoin Doohan, CEO of Roadbridge Conor Gilligan and Enda Connolly Managing Director of CMP have agreed to form the committee.

Finance, funding, development of facilities, coaching and games development, governance, public relations, marketing and social media will form the basis of their workings.

Éire Óg have requested that the committee receive the full co-operation, funding and support from the County Board and that all recommendations will be circulated to clubs and discussed at a special convention to be held no later than September 2021. The Ennis club will hold a meeting tonight to further discuss the proposal.

A spokesperson for the club stated, “The proposed committee comprises of well-established and successful members of the local business community who are dedicating their time and expertise to developing a strategy for the future development and operation of Clare GAA. We urge the clubs to take this opportunity for the good of the Clare GAA brand”.

Last week, The Clare Echo reported on plans within Clare GAA to establish four sub-committees focused on underage development in hurling and football, Caherlohan and finance.

Both items will be discussed at the February meeting of the County Board on Tuesday.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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