NEW ROLE Kieran Kilkenny has been appointed as the new Mayo GAA Games Development Administrator. Pic: Sportsfile
MAYO GAA have been unsuccessful in filling the role of Operations and Finance manager for a second time.
The role, a new position sought to be created by Mayo GAA in conjunction with GAA officials at Croke Park, saw interviews take place in October.
However, speaking at last Thursday’s meeting of the County Board, Mayo GAA chairman, Liam Moffatt, said none of those shortlisted were ultimately deemed suitable for the role.
“The selection board invited three candidates for interview on Tuesday, October 12. Each candidate portrayed excellent qualities required for the role, however the selection board came to the agreement that of the three candidates who progressed to the final stage, unfortunately none of them met all the requirements to be offered the role.
“At this stage the role is not offered to a candidate and the Human Resources Selection Board in Croke Park are due to meet with the Chairperson and Treasurer to review the role and to discuss the next steps in the coming weeks.
He said the appointment is one that is necessary to alleviate the workload on Treasurer Valerie Murphy and Assistant Treasurer Michael Diskin.
“We commented earlier on Valerie and Michael Diskin and the work they’ve done. It is a huge task, there’s a huge amount of work on it. There was feedback given back during the summer from delegates which was very well received and that was given on to Croke Park for the job spec’.
“So despite the very open process and a lot of hard work gone into it, we haven’t come out with the result we wanted at this stage. However, it is a work in progress and we will see what happens,” he said.
Mayo GDA appointed
HOWEVER, there was a breakthrough for the other position Mayo GAA had advertised for, that of Performance Games Development Officer (GDA), which has seen the appointment of current Mayo Games Promotion Officer, Kieran Kilkenny.
Moffatt said 18 applications were received and eight were shortlisted. Of these, two withdrew so six were interviewed on Friday, October 22.
He said ‘a high standard was evident in all those interviewed’.
Following evaluation by interview board members, Kieran Kilkenny was the highest scoring candidate and has been offered the position of Performance GDA. “I’d like to congratulate Kieran on his appointment,” said Moffatt.
He told the meeting that Kilkenny, who is a member of Davitts GAA club, has a BSc in sports science in DCU, a district coaching qualification, is a recognised Coaching Ireland tutor and has an additional qualification in sports leadership and management.
“He has vast experience in coaching clubs, schools and inter county and is currently the Mayo GAA Academy Manager.
“Anyone who knows Kieran, he is an outstanding coach. He has done tremendous work in the South Board. We wish him very well,” he said.
A former Mayo minor footballer, Kilkenny is currently a Games Promotion Officer with South Mayo clubs and adjoining clubs Balla, Ballintubber and Tourmakeady.
South Board Chairman Mike King and Garrymore GAA club’s John Farragher praised Kilkenny’s input in the area.
“He has done trojan work for the nine clubs in South Mayo together with Tourmakeady, Ballintubber and Balla and will be a huge loss to us. As well as his qualifications, his work ethic and enthusiasm is second to none and he knows every single young footballer in the area,” said King.
He praised his input in the development of players like Oisín Mullin, Enda Hession and Tommy Conroy while John Farragher added that Kilkenny did huge work in the secondary schools in the region.
“He is a super guy. He is always on the end of the phone. He lives in Roscommon and I’d often ring him at 8.30am and he would be on the road to Mayo. He used to stay over nights when he would be down. He has a wife and young family in Roscommon. He went way beyond what he was getting paid for. It’s not a job for Kieran, it’s an obsession.”