Former HSE media chief Clancy named as GAA’s new director of communications

LISA CLANCY is the GAA’s new Director of Communications, replacing veteran press and PR handler Danny Lynch.

The ex-Health Service Executive (HSE) communications chief is a surprise choice to many, but will be key to the GAA’s plans to reach out to all units of the association.

Said president Nickey Brennan last night: “The GAA is a modern dynamic organisation facing new and different challenges and Lisa’s appointment and experience will help us in the next stage of our development.”

Clancy is currently Head of Corporate Communications for the HSE, and is also a member of the UK and European communications health group. Prior to that, she was based in Cork as the old Southern Health Board’s Director of Communications, where she had responsibility for internal and external communication and media management.

The Dublin native, who is an avid GAA supporter, will fulfil a similar role for Croke Park.

Added GAA Director General, Páraic Duffy: “GAA clubs are critical to our success and communicating with clubs and all GAA units will be a key part of Lisa’s role.”

Clancy said she will be focussing on her current role until she takes up her new job later in the summer.

GAA leaders last night paid tribute to Kerry man Danny Lynch, who held the job for the last 20 years and has made a huge and lasting contribution to the GAA.


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