DUBLIN ALL-IRELAND winner Paul Flynn is to step down later this year from his role as CEO of the Gaelic Players Association. 

Dublin All-Ireland winning footballer Paul Flynn.

Source: INPHO

The players’ body made the announcement this afternoon with Flynn set ‘to take on a new and exciting opportunity in another business sector’.

The board of the GPA are set to now commence the identification of a successor with Flynn set to contribute to that process.

Flynn has been in the position since June 2018 when replaced the former CEO Dermot Earley. He previously served on the GPA National Executive and as a member of the Board of the GPA.

During his spell as CEO he was involved in the merger of the women’s and men’s players associations, the recently agreed deal with the GAA and a role in the restructuring of the fixtures calendar to the split season model.

GPA CEO Paul Flynn.

Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

The Dublin forward enjoyed a glittering playing career, retiring in May 2019 after winning six All-Ireland senior football medals. His individual displays were highlighted by the four All-Star awards he collected between 2011 and 2014.

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Flynn has been thanked by the GPA for ‘his immense contribution’ to their leadership with tributes paid by GPA chairman Brian Mac Craith and WGPA chairperson Maria Kinsella.

“I would like to thank the players, the internal team, the NEC and the board for always backing me through this thoroughly enjoyable tenure as GPA CEO,” said Flynn.

“I would also like to thank the GAA, Sport Ireland, the Government, our partners in the US and Ireland for their continued support throughout my term.

“I am very proud of what we have achieved together as a team and I look forward to seeing the newly combined players association grow and develop into the future.”

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