Staff

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Name : Danny Murphy
Position : Provincial Director
E-Mail : ulster@gaa.ie
Playing Background : Danny played football for St. Mary’s, Burren from 1967 until 1985. He also played hurling for Rostrevor from 1978 until 1987 and Warrenpoint 1988 & 1989.
Professional Role : As Provincial Director, Danny is the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Council. He acts as chair of senior staff team and has overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Council. He also has responsibility for representing the Council at meetings with public agencies and government departments and representing the Council on Sub Committees at National level as and when required.
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Name : Eugene Young
Position : Director of Coaching and Games Development
E-Mail : eyoung@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Eugene is a member of the Henry Joy Mac Cracken’s club in Moneymore. He has represented Derry and Ulster in Gaelic Football, played Provincial and International basketball for Ulster and Ireland at Commonwealth, European and Pre Olympic tournaments.
Professional Role : Eugene commenced his employment with the Ulster Council in November 2001 and as high performance director at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland. He is currently Director of Coaching and Games development at the Ulster Council where his current role includes:

  • Setting Strategic direction for Coaching and Games and Development Projects
  • Management and development of Coaching and Games Programmes and Staff
  • Marketing and Promotion of Coaching and Games Programmes
  • Development, implementation and monitoring of Systems and Procedures to support coaching, administration and development of coaching and games programmes
  • Implementing innovation and research to support development in coaching and games
  • Cooperation with Referees to further develop officials in Ulster
  • Working with National Committees in the development of coaching and games
  • Implementation of programmes in health, disability and special needs, foreign nationals and to new players and coaches.
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Name : Stephen McGeehan
Position : Operations Manager
E-Mail : smcgeehan@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Stephen won 2 Mac Rory Cups and 1 Hogan Cup Medal with St Patrick’s College Maghera and represented Derry at Minor and U-21 levels in 1995,1996 and 1998 and 1999. At the University of Ulster Jordanstown Stephen was part of the UUJ team which won the All Ireland Freshers Title in 1997. It is with his Club Ballinderry Shamrocks that Stephen has enjoyed his most success with championship medals at all grades including 3 Derry Senior Football Championships and Ulster and All Ireland Club titles with the history making squad of 2001/2. Stephen continues to play for the club and coaches the U-10 team.
Professional Role : In the role of Operations Manager for the Council Stephen is responsible for:

  • Implementation of strategic plans and organisational change within Comhairle Uladh;
  • Managing the various capital and revenue funding projects in which the Council are involved;
  • Advising the Council and County Boards on funding and development issues relevant to Gaelic Games in Ulster.
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Name : Michelle McAleer
Position : Business Manager
E-Mail : mmcaleer@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Michelle has played Football for Oonagh Celts, Galbally from 1999-2000. Whilst at UUJ, she won back to back McNally Plates in 1999 & 2000. She also played for Fog City Harps, San Francisco in 2001.
Professional Role : As Business Development Officer, Michelle’s main responsibility is the financial management of Comhairle Uladh CLG. She is also responsible for the administration of Council business and the management of administrative staff and personnel issues of all staff within the Ulster Council.
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Name : Jimmy Darragh
Position : Hurling Development Manager
E-Mail : jdarragh@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Jimmy is a member of the St John’s club from Belfast, where he won Senior, Junior and Minor Gaelic Football and Minor Hurling Championship titles. Jimmy has represented Antrim at all levels in Hurling and at Under 21 Gaelic Football. He also represented Ulster in the Railway Cup in the 80’s and was a member of Ulster’s Railway Shield winning team in 1987.
Professional Role : In the role of Hurling Development Manager Jimmy will:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a Hurling Strategy for Ulster.
  • Assist the Director of Coaching and Games Development in the administration of the development of hurling as a key priority through the Ulster Council GAA strategic plan.
  • Assist in the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the Hurling elements of the Ulster Council GAA Strategic Plan.
  • Co-ordinate the work of the Provincial, Regional and County Hurling Development Officers in the implementation of the Core Underage Strategic Plan.
  • Assist in the development of support measures that will improve and make more effective existing and future Coaching Structures and the advancement of Hurling in Ulster.
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Name : Terence McWilliams
Position : Games Development Manager
E-Mail : tmcwilliams@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Terence is a member of the Padraig Mhic Phiarsis club in Kilrea, Co. Derry where he has played, coached and managed for over forty years. He has represented his county in hurling and football. He has numerous juvenile medals playing along side Kilrea’s most famous player Martin O’Neill.His greatest personal achievements were winning an All Ireland Vocational school’s medal with Antrim and an All Ireland runners up minor medal with Derry.
Professional Role : Terence’s main role is to implement the GAA Grassroots to National Programme (GNP) with it’s aim to maximise participation and optimise playing standards in Gaelic games through out Ulster. This involves coordinating the Core Underage Stragetic Plan (CUSP) from Primary/National, Post Primary/National, Juvenile Clubs, Development Squads to coach education.Terence is also the line manager for the 20 new Primary Schools Coaches. This role involves tutoring the coaches the new Primary School curriculum at Foundation and Key Stage 1.
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Name : Ryan Feeney
Position : Community Development & Public Affairs Manager
E-Mail : rfeeney@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Ryan is a member of St. Mary’s GAA Club Faughanvale County Derry. Before commencing employment with the Ulster Council in 2006 he previously served as a member of the Derry County GAA Board and various Derry GAA sub-committees in addition to committee assignments at both Provincial and National Level. Ryan has coached at all youth levels and plays football with Faughanvale where he currently acts as Club Development Officer.
Professional Role : As Community Development and Public Affairs Manager Ryan has responsibility for:Community Development:

  • Club Maith Club/Community Development and Volunteer support programmes
  • Community Outreach and Diversity initiatives
  • Overseeing the ongoing integration process with the all the Ulster Councils responsible for the promotion of Gaelic Games and Culture
  • Management of both the Belfast and Derry City urban projects

Public Affairs:

  • All issues relating to Ulster GAA Public Affairs including acting as liaison for Ulster GAA to central and local government and all public bodies
  • Coordinating relevant responses to public consultations when appropriate
  • Representing Ulster GAA on national GAA committees and working groups in relevant areas of responsibility.

Strategic Planning:

  • Provincial Strategic Planning including the development of county level strategies
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Name : Aileen Tohill
Position : Lifestyle & Wellbeing Manager
E-Mail : atohill@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Aileen has won 6 Derry Senior County Championships with Davitts Swatragh. She was captain of the Swatragh team who won the Ulster Senior Camogie title in 2000, and went on to reach the All Ireland final. She has also played in 2 All Ireland Junior Camogie finals with Derry, captaining the team to the All Ireland title in 2000. In the same year she captained the Ulster Junior Camogie team to the Inter-provincial title. With the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Aileen won 2 Purcell Cup medals.
Professional Role : Integration:

  • Creating opportunities and developing structures for the full integration of Ladies Gaelic Football, Camogie, Handball and Rounders into the Ulster Council by 2010
  • Creating opportunities for participation in Gaelic Games by underrepresented groups.
  • Acting as Ulster Council staff Liaison to the Ulster and National Camogie Association and liaison to the Ulster and National Handball Association.
  • Joint servicing officer to the Ulster Integration Committee

Health and Wellness:

  • Coordinating the Ulster Council Health and Wellness Programme which involves developing the programme and creating resources for counties and clubs and facilitating the Health and Wellness information nights on the CPD programme.
  • Liaising with national staff and committees on the Coordinating the Ulster Drugs and Alcohol programme Establishing links with external agencies in the development of this area.
  • Developing a Women’s Policy for implementation throughout the five associations (GAA, Camogie Association, Rounders, Handball & Ladies Football Association).

Alcohol and Drugs:

  • Coordinating the Provincial Alcohol and Drugs awareness programme, liaising with the National GAA Alcohol and and Drugs Taskforce and implementing the programme with the nine Ulster Counties
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Name : Tony Scullion
Position : Football Development Officer
E-Mail : tscullion@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Tony played football for Ballinascreen, Derry, Ulster and Ireland and has won 4 All Stars, 6 consecutive Railway Cup Medals, 3 National League Medals and an All Ireland SFC with Derry in 1993. He has captained Derry and Ulster to National League and Railway Cup success. He has also played inter county hurling for Derry from 1983-1991.
Professional Role : Tony’s responsibility as Football Development Officer is to assist the development of Gaelic Football in Ulster via schools, colleges, 3rd level, clubs and county teams.
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Name : Geraldine McKavanagh
Position : Personal Assistant to Rúnaí Comhairle Uladh
E-Mail : gmckavanagh@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Geraldine played Camogie for her local Club St. Mary’s, Aghagallon. When she was at school she was a member of St. Michael’s Grammar School, Lurgan Camogie team, representing the school in various Camogie competitions, the most successful of which was in the Ulster Camogie Shield 2000/2001 where they reached the final and came runners up.
Professional Role : Geraldine’s main areas of responsiblities within Comhairle Uladh C.L.G. are to assist the Rúnaí Comhairle Uladh C.L.G. with any daily issues that may arise. Also to assist the Rúnaí with items for Management, Games Administration and General Administrative duties to assist the Rúnaí Comhairle Uladh with his role within Comhairle Uladh C.L.G.
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Name : Stephen Donnelly
Position : Fixtures Administrator
E-Mail : sdonnelly@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Stephen collected 2 Tyrone Intermediate Championship titles with Aghaloo O’Neills in 2002 and 2005. He has represented Tyrone at Under 18, Vocational and Under 21 level, winning an All Ireland Inter County Vocational Schools title in 1998 and an All Ireland Under 21 title in 2000. He also won Ulster Minor Football Championship with Tyrone in 1997.
Professional Role : Stephen is responsible for the general administration within the Ulster Council. He works closely with the Provincial Secretary to devise Ulster Council fixtures and to liase with match officials. He also works closely with the Provincial PRO in co-ordinating Press Releases and statements. He co-ordinates match programmes for Ulster Council fixtures while he is also involved in marketing and event management.
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Name : Damian Kelly
Position : Information Officer
E-Mail : dkelly@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Damian has represented his club, All Saints Ballymena, at every level in both Gaelic Football and hurling. He has one all county league medal and 3 North Antrim Junior Hurling Championships. He has also won the Ulster U13 Colmcille Cup with St Louis Ballymena. Damian was also captain of the Ulster Council Interfirms team which won the 2006 All-Ireland Interfirms Junior Football Championship.
Professional Role : Following a year’s placement from university with the Ulster Council, Damian commenced his full time employment in June 2006. His main responsibility is the maintenance of the Ulster Council website, as well as providing IT and general administrative support. Damian also sits on the Ulster Council IT & Marketing Workgroup.
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Name : Bernie McGlinchey
Position : Coaching Administrator
E-Mail : bmcglinchey@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Bernie is an active playing member with her local ladies club Badoney Ladies, in Tyrone. Despite a lot of hard work and effort, they were unable to win any silverware until 2007 when they won the Junior Championship and were promoted to Intermediate level for 2008.
Professional Role : As Coaching Administrator for the Ulster Council Bernie assists the Director of Coaching and Games and the Coaching staff in the administration of Coaching and Games within Ulster. She is generally responsible for Events management, Database management, and general office administration.
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Name : Liam Nelis
Position : Project Assistant
E-Mail : lnelis@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Liam won a Rannafast Cup medal with St Colm’s Derry in 1963 and McRory Cup and Hogan Cup medals in 1965; a member of the St Columba’s Urney Club he represented Tyrone at Minor level in 1965. Liam has served as Treasurer of the Urney club in 1960’s and Secretary of St Malachy’s, Edendork in the 1990’s. Liam was Tyrone County Chairman 2001-2004 when Tyrone won 2 National League titles and the Sam Maguire Cup for the first time.
Professional Role : As Project Assistant for the Ulster Council, Liam’s main role is advising Council / County Boards on Capital Development Projects such as Stadia Safety and Floodlighting for main County Grounds.
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Name : Paul Callaghan
Position : Regional Development Officer (Derry, Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone)
E-Mail : pcallaghan@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : From the Burt club in Donegal, Paul has been goalkeeper for club Senior club team for the last 20yrs. He managed Letterkenny I.T. to Trench cup success and Donegal minor hurlers to a Minor C All-Ireland championship. He has also managed the Ireland under 17 compromise rules team including a successful tour of Australia in 2004. Paul played senior football for Donegal for 10 years winning a Senior Ulster and All-Ireland medal in 1992.
Professional Role : Paul is employed as Regional Development Officer covering Derry, Donegal, Fermanagh and Tyrone, This post includes organising regional primary and secondry school iniatives, co-ordinating with the development squads. Coach and teacher education. Also driving the health and awareness programmes as well as linking in with the ethnic minority and disabled groups and club mark programmes on a regional basis.
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Name : Una McKay
Position : Regional Development Officer (Antrim, Down)
E-Mail : umckay@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Una is currently playing for Bredagh Ladies Football in Belfast and Camogie for Portabello, Dublin. She had represented her home club team, Fr.Rock’s Cookstown and won All-Ireland sevens, County intermediate league and championship medals. Playing with County Tyrone she received Ulster Senior and Junior medals. She has coached at club juvenile, adult and at county levels.
Professional Role : Una’s position as Regional Development Officer for Down and Antrim includes working with the other regional, county and council officers to implement current and new initiatives at a regional level. These range from Primary, Secondary and Grammar schools, also coach and teacher education programmes. She will focus on developing disability and special needs campaigns with Gaelic games. Her job also includes working with ethnic minority, health and wellness and club mark projects.
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Name : Diarmaid Marsden
Position : Regional Development Officer (Armagh, Cavan, Monaghan)
E-Mail : dmarsden@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Diarmaid is currently still coaching and playing for home club Clan na Gael, Lurgan having won 3 minor and 2 senior championships in the 1990s. He played colleges football for St. Colmans Newry, winning MacRory and Hogan cups and university football for QUB captaining them to Sigerson success in 2000. Diarmaid lined out for Armagh for 12 years winning 4 Ulster Senior championships and All Ireland title in 2002. He also received an allstar in 1999. He represented Ulster for 6 years winning 3 Railway cups and was capped for Ireland in the 1998 International Rules.
Professional Role : Diarmaid’s role as Regional Development Officer for Armagh, Cavan and Monaghan is to develop and implement coaching and games initiatives with primary schools, secondary schools, and development squads on a regional basis. He also assists in developing special projects in Health and Wellness, Special Needs, Ethnic Minorities and Youth Justice.
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Name : Gerry McClory
Position : Community Development Officer (North / West Belfast)
E-Mail : gmcclory@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Gerry has been involved in administration in Antrim from 1974. He has had various roles throughout the county, from Minor Board Chairman; Divisional Board Chairman County PRO Was awarded the PRO of the year in 1993, and was Antrim vice chairman for nine years, plus Ulster Council Delegate. He has won championship medals at every level in football as well as Junior and Intermediate medals in hurling. . Better known as a referee he has taken charge of both the Ulster and All Ireland Minor finals in 1985 as well as the All Ireland Club Football final in 1988. Gerry was honoured in 1989/1990 as theUlster and All Ireland Referee of the year. He refereed both Antrim senior finals in centenary year 1984. At present Gerry is chief steward at Casement Park.
Professional Role : Gerry is responsible for the development of the GAA in the urban areas of West and North Belfast and as such he is responsible for:
• Management of the Ballymurphy GAA Community Project.
• Strengthening Club Governance and Volunteer Support through the roll out of Club Maith.
• Increasing Participation rates at all levels and in all Gaelic Sports.
• Organising Administration and Coaching Courses for Volunteers.
• Linking with Community Groups and Public Agencies in the area to develop mutually beneficial programmes and initiatives.
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Name : Paul Rouse
Position : Third Level Development Officer (University of Ulster)
E-Mail : prouse@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Paul is a past student of the University of Ulster where while playing for Jordanstown he won a Sigerson and freshers sevens medal in 2001 as well as a Ryan cup medal in 2002. After leaving the University of Ulster with a higher national diploma in sports studies, Paul continued his studies in England at St Mary’s Strawberry Hill where he graduated with an Honors degree in Sport Science. While at Strawberry Hill Paul also continued to play Gaelic football where he won two British University Gaelic Football championships in 2003 and 2004 and also won an All Ireland Trench Cup in 2003. He also had the privilege to be named captain of the British University All Stars in 2004. Paul continues to play and coach at his club Brackaville Owen Roes in Tyrone with whom he won a Tyrone and Ulster Intermediate Championship medal in 1999. He has represented Tyrone at minor level in 1999, at Under 21 level in 2002 when he won an Ulster Championship medal and more recently at senior level in 2007 when he won a Mc Kenna Cup and Ulster Senior Championship medal.
Professional Role : It is Paul’s responsibility to promote and develop all aspects of Gaelic games within the University of Ulster where his goals include:

  • Expanding the base – ensuring that every student at the university of Ulster has the opportunity to participate in Gaelic Games at the level of there choice or ability.
  • Lifestyle – to provide students with performance lifestyle advice which can assist them to develop coping strategies to deal with the challenges, transitions, negotiations and decisions that emerge from life both in and out of the sporting arena.
  • Organisation and Club Infrastructure – To develop and maintain robust, sustainable club structures that will provide administrators, referees and coaches for the Universities.
  • Culture and Heritage – To ensure that all appropriate culture elements are seamlessly incorporated into all the clubs Gaelic activity.
  • Beyond Third level – To develop strong and tangible links with the wider community including schools, governing bodies, industry, volunteers, minorities, people with disabilities and disadvantaged groups.
  • Alumni – develop a strong alumni association of past members who can advise and aid the club in its development.
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Name : Ryan Mellon
Position : Third Level Development Officer (Queens, St Mary’s. BMC, North Down)
E-Mail : rmellon@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Ryan is a current playing member of the Moy Tir na nOg club. He obtained an Ulster Colleges All Star with St Patrick’s Grammar School Armagh in 1999. Ryan has represented Tyrone at minor, u21 and senior levels and won Ulster and All Irelands in each of these levels. He also represented Ulster in the Railway Cup in 2005. Ryan is also involved in Coaching various teams in his club.
Professional Role : Ryan commenced his employment with the Ulster Council in March 2007. His responsibility is to promote and develop all aspects of Gaelic Games in St Mary’s, Queens, Belfast Metropolitan Collage and North Down. Ryan is also involved in delivering workshops to referees in Ulster.
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Name : Gary Mallon
Position : Third Level Development Officer (Further Education & I.T.’s)
E-Mail : gmallon@ulster.gaa.ie
Playing Background : Gary has been involved in Gaelic football since 1973 playing at every level for his club Tir na nOg GFC Portadown. He has also held various positions on the committee in the past, and has been involved in coaching for the past 16 years. During his time as a coach he has been in charge of players from underage through to senior level. In 2001 he was manager of the senior team that won the Intermediate Championship and gained promotion to Division One. Gary has coached at all levels with development squads in Armagh from regional U14, U15, School of Excellence, U16, U17 and U21.
Professional Role : Gary worked as North Armagh Gaelic Football Development Officer for 2 years before taking up his current post with the Ulster Council in March 2006. His main area of responsibility is to promote and develop all aspects of Gaelic games within FE Colleges and Institutes.