Dessie Farrell

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Gaelic Players Association chief executive Dessie Farrell at Croke Park for the agreement with the Government on player grants. Photograph: Sportsfile

He was, by his own admission, the “chief bottle washer” in the early years of the Gaelic Players Association so the gravity of Dessie Farrell’s parti(...)

A three-year funding agreement worth €6.9 million for inter-county players has been announced. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Funding worth €6.9 million will be provided for inter-county GAA players over the next three years, it has been annouced. The new three-year agreemen(...)

Outdoing Gaelic Players Association chief executive Dessie Farrell: “The organisation is in a really good place and 14 years is a long time to be in the position.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Dessie Farrell removes his glasses and waves from across the lounge in the Croke Park Hotel. We were supposed to meet across the road in Croke Park bu(...)

Dessie Farrell is to step down as CEO of the GPA in December. Photograph: Inpho

Dessie Farrell is to step down from his role as chief executive of the Gaelic Players’ Association. Farrell, who was a founding member of the GPA in (...)

Ciarán Kilkenny shoots for Dublin in the 2011 All-Ireland minor final against Tipperary. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo may be dwelling in dark rooms of pain since 1951 but the windows in this house allow light to shine in. It is through these windows that one day(...)

Dessie Farrell, chief executive of the Gaelic Players Association: “To achieve the level of excellence required at intercounty level, our players need to be supported by a range of services on and off the field.”  Photograph: Damien Eagers / Sportsfile

The new agreement between the GAA and the players’ body, the GPA, has one key overriding principle: that county players should be fully supported in t(...)

Young players at the Cuala GAA academy: The recent deal with the GPA belies the Croke Park rhetoric extolling amateurism and the place of the club as key to the GAA’s community mission. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

When Dessie Farrell, chief executive of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), said at the Croke Park launch of its new agreement with the GAA that it (...)

The 2014 All-Ireland semi-final: Donegal 3-14 Dublin 0-17 was arguably Jim McGuinness’s greatest moment as a manager

2004 All-Ireland football quarter-final: Fermanagh 0-12 Armagh 0-11 After destroying Donegal in the Ulster final, Joe Kernan’s Armagh, with Kieran McG(...)

Welcoming the move by Paddy Power and Boylesports to stop accepting bets on under-18s sporting fixtures, the GPA said it would continue to monitor the impact of gambling on its athletes.   File photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Paddy Power and Boylesports have said they will no longer accept bets on under-18s sporting fixtures. The move has been welcomed by the Gaelic Playe(...)

GPA CEO Dessie Farrell: “In this day and age it’s not acceptable that players go months and months without being reimbursed.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

The Gaelic Players Association is concerned by a recent increase in difficulties for players in claiming expenses. According to CEO Dessie Farrell, (...)

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