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Reilly recommended for Mayo GAA commercial role


KEY APPOINTMENT Former Castlebar Mitchels footballer Tom Reilly was selected as the preferred candidate for Mayo GAA’s new ‘Chief Commercial Officer’ position. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Mike Finnerty

FORMER Mayo footballer Tom Reilly is set to become Mayo GAA’s first ‘Chief Commercial Officer’ after last week’s County Board meeting was told that he had been ‘recommended’ for the post by the HR company overseeing the appointment process.
County Board secretary, Dermot Butler, told delegates that 22 candidates had applied for the position, five of them had been interviewed, and that Reilly had been identified as the preferred candidate.
“The Mayo GAA executive agreed earlier this [Thursday] evening that Tom Reilly would be appointed, subject to the terms and conditions of the position being agreed between the executive and Tom Reilly,” said Butler. “At that stage it will be brought before the executive and County Board for ratification,” he added.
Tom Reilly (58), who is a native of Co Monaghan, lives in Breaffy. He is married to Maeve, and they have four children.
Mr Reilly retired from Bank of Ireland UK in 2018 after commuting to work for them for over 14 years. He most recently worked for BOI UK as their ‘Head of Capability and Development’ and also has a background in project and management and the implementation of strategic projects.
Prior to leaving to work in the UK, Reilly was the Regional Sales Manager for the North West region for Bank of Ireland.
He played football for many years with Castlebar Mitchels and captained their senior team to the 1994 All-Ireland club final.
He also came on as a substitute for Mayo against Meath in the 1996 All-Ireland senior final.
He has been managing the Mayo Under-15 Academy football team for the last two years.
Addressing club delegates at last week’s County Board meeting, Dermot Butler explained the sequence of events that led to the job being offered to Mr Reilly.
“We agreed at an executive meeting that Arcon Recruitment Services [a Castlebar-based company] would be brought in to head up the appointment of a Commercial Manager.
“It had been left to Croke Park, but they were dragging their heels on it a bit so a decision was taken by the executive to move it forward, and appoint Arcon Recruitment Services.
“The interview panel was made up of Sylvester Jennings [CEO, Arcon Recruitment Services], Pat O’Donnell [a former Managing Director, Allergan Pharmaceuticals], myself and Seamus Tuohy [Vice-Chairman, Mayo GAA Board].
“There were 22 initial applicants, and that was whittled down to five.
“Two people pulled out of the process so three went for first round interviews. Second interviews were held last week and the two candidates who received the highest marks were brought forward to do a visual presentation.
“I got an e-mail from Arcon Recruitment Services this afternoon saying, ‘We would recommend progressing Tom Reilly to the reference checking stage. This would be with a view to making him an official offer, once checks are successfully completed.’
The contract being offered to Mr Reilly is understood to be for a 12-month term.

MPU Mayo

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