‘Honoured’ Hartigan looking forward to full-time role

JIMMY HARTIGAN is set to become the third full-time GAA secretary in Munster.

Currently honorary secretary of the Limerick County Board, Mr Hartigan has been offered the position on a full time basis and has accepted subject to negotiating conditions.

“I don’t envisage any problems in that area, and deem it a tremendous honour to take over the position on a full time basis,” said Mr Hartigan.

“It hasn’t been easy keeping down a day job and being secretary of the county board on a part time basis. The workload has increased enormously over the years and it was becoming very difficult trying to juggle the two.

“In my case I started work in the post office at 6.30am and finished at 3pm and then went on to tackle GAA matters for the rest of the day. I could be at meetings up to 11/12 at night and be up for work early the following morning. You can only do that for so long.’’

He added: “The GAA is an amateur organisation being run professionally, and to do the job properly you have to devote yourself full time to it.”

Mr Hartigan was first introduced to secretarial work when he was appointed secretary of his own club Ballybrown at 17 years of age. He later progressed on to being secretary of the Limerick City Board as a 20-year-old, before taking over from the late Tom Boland as county secretary in 1987.

In his capacity as part time county secretary Mr Hartigan oversaw the massive redevelopment of the Gaelic Grounds and the purchase of 20 acres in Rathkeale where the county board have developed five playing pitches which are extensively used.

“We have plans in the pipeline to erect flood lights in the Gaelic Grounds. Administrating what we have and any future development cannot be done on a part-time basis any more, and when the county board offered me the position as full time secretary I was only too glad to accept.

“Once my conditions of employment are ironed out, I hope to take up office in the very near future, and it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.”

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