A SENIOR EXECUTIVE at the Evening Echo newspaper is set to take up a new position as the administrator of Cork GAA.
The appointment of Diarmuid O’Donovan to the newly-created full-time role was announced tonight at a Cork county board meeting.
In a radical administrative shake-up for the county, which was first flagged last September, O’Donovan’s role will see him absorb many of the responsibilities of current county secretary Frank Murphy, who has served in his position since 1972.
O’Donovan is a former Cork minor football manager while he also served as a selector during Teddy Holland’s ill-fated reign as Cork senior football boss.
Holland was appointed in November 2007 but the tenure of him and his management team ended in February 2008 after a conflict with the county’s senior football team.
O’Donovan is a member of the Glen Rovers hurling and St Nicholas football clubs. He has extensive administrative and club management experience in Cork while his father Donie managed the county to the 1973 All-Ireland senior football title.
He has been appointed for a three-year term including a one-year probationary period, but Murphy is to stay on as secretary. His involvement in the stadium redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh is regarded as a key reason in the formation of the new arrangement.
O’Donovan’s role will encompass the following duties:
- Fixture planning.
- Acting as minutes secretary to county executive and county board.
- Day to day responsibility for inter-county teams.
- Responsibility for full-time coaching staff.
- Routine financial matters in conjunction with county treasurer.
- Monitoring of the Cork GAA Strategic Plan.
- Affiliations and insurance.
- Grounds maintenance.
- Liaising with Munster Council, divisional and regional boards, and Rebel Óg.
- IT development in conjunction with county PRO.
Murphy will retain the title of secretary and will be in charge of:
- Responsibility for stadium re-development.
- Overall responsibility for county board operations including financial, administrative and policy matters.
- Specific responsibility for financial management of the board’s resources including sponsorship.