Changing times - A milestone for the GAA

A significant piece of GAA history has been made in Tyrone with the election of a woman as chairperson of the county executive. 

Roisín Jordan, a former camogie player, was elected unopposed on Tuesday night.

It has taken the organisation 130 years to reach such a milestone but, in fairness to the GAA, it has been making momentous sea changes to its organisation and culture for decades. Some changes have been evolutionary, others revolutionary, while the GAA rightly remains a symbol of our national pride and identity. It has developed from the strict authoritarianism exemplified by the infamous Rule 27 — the ban on ‘foreign’ games — to a movement that embraces change, and is willing to allow its finest stadiums host rugby and soccer internationals.

It is not so long ago women in the GAA were confined to washing the jerseys and making the tea and sandwiches after matches. Let us hope Ms Jordan is a catalyst for further change that will encourage more women to achieve the highest levels of sports management and organisation.

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