Gene Duffy elected an Appointee of Congress

May 5, 2009

Hard working Armagh and Crossmaglen Rangers man Gene Duffy has been elected an Appointee of Congress on the G.A.A. Ruling Management Committee (formerly known as trustee of the G.A.A).

Gene was elected to serve a three year term. The appointment is seen as a fitting and due reward for the many years of dedication to the organisation at club, county, provincial and national level.

Eugene ‘Gene’ Duffy’s first involvement in administration in the G.A.A. came when he was elected Secretary of his club Crossmaglen Rangers in 1969. During the 1970s he also held the posts of club Treasurer and Chairman at various times before emigrating to America in the late 1970s. During his time in San Francisco, he became involved with the Sean McDermott’s G.A.A. club and had a successful spell as their team manger.

Back home again in the 1980s, Gene’s first involvement at County level came when he was elected as Vice-Chairman of the Armagh County Board in 1990. By the summer of 1991, he found himself in the role of Caretaker County Chairman, owing to the sad and untimely death of the then sitting County Chairman Patsy Nugent (RIP). Gene then became County Chairman in his own right at that year’s County Convention and served for five years from 1992-1996.

After finishing his term as County Chairman, he was elected Armagh delegate to the Ulster Council where he served from 1998-2003. At the 2003 County Convention Gene was elected County Delegate to Croke Park, a position which he still holds. He has proved to be a popular figure in Croke Park and has been elected to take charge of various Sub Committees over the last 5 years :

– Chairman of the Committee for the Games Development overseas.

– Director of the Croke Park Stadium Committee in 2006/7 

– Assistant Tour manager for the International Rules Series in Australia in 2005/6,

–  Chairman of the National Finance Committee and has also served for the past 3 years as a member of the G.A.A. Management Committee (Coiste Bainistí)

Gene –  a Trustee of the St Oliver Plunkett Park in Crossmaglen – is, despite all his commitments, an avid club and county supporter and has revelled in the success of both teams in recent years. Gene is to be congratulated on his appointment.