SPEAKING in advance of the close of the GAA’s Annual Congress, when Christy Cooney’s three year term as President of the GAA will come to an end, Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy, Jerry Buttimer said that during his time as President, Christy has shown himself to have been a progressive leader of the country’s largest sporting and cultural organisation.
“I would like to congratulate Christy for his commitment and dedication to the GAA. Tribute should be paid to his wife, Ann, and family who, during his term as President, have been equally committed to the GAA, making many sacrifices to enable Christy to carry out his duties.
“Over the last three years, in difficult economic times, the GAA has managed to maintain attendance levels at its games. Christy’s leadership in reducing ticket prices has been key to this success.
“One of the highlights of Christy’s tenure was the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Croke Park. Organising and laying the groundwork for that historic day took courage and required leadership. On that day, the GAA was shown to be a progressive organisation that respects cultural and historic differences.
“I’m sure that after a hectic three years Christy will take some time for himself and his family. After that I am in no doubt that for many years to come he will continue to use his vast experience to assist the GAA in Cork and across the country.
“I would also wish the incoming president, Liam O’Neill, every success during his time in office. Having previously worked with Liam I am confident that he will be a fine ambassador for the GAA, continuing in a long line of GAA presidents who have led the organisation from strength to strength.”