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A seven strong committee of high profile Clare men will be proposed to clubs at next Tuesday evening’s meeting of Clare GAA to develop a new strategic plan for the future of Gaelic Games in the county.

The Clare Champion understands that the names being proposed are:

Ennis native Tony Garry, (former CEO of Davy Stockbrokers)

Clarecastle’s Mark O’Connell (CEO of Repucon Consulting)

Parteen man Conor Gilligan (CEO of Roadbridge)

Ogonnelloe’s Colin Kelly (CEO of Gyrogy)

Eoin Conroy of Barefield (CEO of Titan Experience)

Ennis man Eoin Doohan (Managing Director of DFP Group

Enda Connolly of Ennis (Managing Director of CMP Investment Partners)

All seven have committed to taking on the tasks identified by the Eire Óg Inis motion which was first brought to Convention in December, and was due to be discussed clubs this Friday evening at the first meeting of 2021. That meeting was postponed and will now be held on Tuesday evening next at 6.30pm.

The club is proposing that Clare GAA establish an independent committee, drawn from business and commercial interests with a strong record of commitment and involvement in the GAA, to oversee the development of the five-year plan.

Finance and fundraising, optimisation of the Centre of Excellence at Caherlohan and other facilities, Coaching and Games Development, Governance, Public Relations, and Marketing and Social Media were all identified as key areas to target.

A source close to the club stated “The proposed establishment of this independent committee offers the opportunity to critically assess and review the existing Clare GAA model and put proactive structures in place where this model can succeed for every player, club and county team in years to come.”

“The proposed Committee comprises of well-established and successful members of the local business community who are dedicating their time and expertise to developing a strategy for the future development and operation of Clare GAA. We urge the clubs to take this opportunity for the good of the Clare GAA brand.”



Tony Garry – CEO Davy Stockbrokers 1994-2015

Tony is the former Director and Chief Executive Officer of Davy, the wealth management, asset management, capital markets and financial advisory services group. Tony graduated from University College Dublin with a BComm in 1975 and an MBS in 1977. He is also a CFA and fellow of the CISI.  In 2007, Tony was selected as the Michael Smurfit Business School Alumnus of the Year.  He began his career in Ireland’s Department of Labour, later moving to the Central Bank of Ireland. In 1975, he left the public sector and moved to Allied Irish Investment Bank, becoming an Associate Director in 1976. He joined Davy in 1979 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1994. He led the team which completed the management buyout from Bank of Ireland in October 2006. He retired as Chief Executive Officer in March 2015.

Eoin Conroy – Co-founder and CEO at TITAN EXPERIENCE

He has developed several key competencies in strategic areas of business and sales over his career.

TITAN is Ireland’s leading Sports Events and Experiential company.  As CEO Eoin has provided consultancy and executed effective sponsorship programmes for a range of national and international clients and rightsholders across Ireland and the UK including UEFA, IRONMAN Global, The Curragh Racecourse, GAA along with Zurich, eir, Goodbody, Fyffes, SuperValu and LIDL.

He holds a Masters in Business Studies (MBS) in International Marketing from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business in Dublin and a BBS (in Marketing) from the University of Limerick. He has also attained a Diploma in Sports Psychology.

He has completed guest lecturers in the area of viral marketing and international marketing at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business

Specialties: Sponsorship Acquisition, Sponsorship Activation Strategy, Business Development, Event Management, Consulting, Networking, Public Speaking.


Colin Kelly

Colin is Founder and CEO of Gyrogy, a developer of Sustainable Energy Infrastructure for the Datacentre Industry.  He has developed strong international experience from the start-up of K2 Datacentres (Kuok Group, Singapore), to running Kirby Group’s UK business, and as an owner of an engineering business delivering complex engineering projects for the pharmaceutical industry worldwide.  He has 20 years of developing and leading teams with a focus on collaboration with other organisations and a strong commercial/entrepreneurial track record which he hopes will benefit this initiative for Clare GAA.

Mark O Connell

Mark is founder of Repucon Consulting who are  specialists in the Tourism, Sport and Recreation sectors. He has over 25 years’ experience delivering strategic analysis, independent assessments and sponsorship reviews for national sports bodies, sports facilities and sports stadia.  He has delivered independent reviews and strategic plans for a wide range of sports organisations that include Munster Rugby, FAI, Munster GAA, Cycling Ireland and Llanelli Scarlets and a number of private sector clients involved in sport.  Mark started his consulting career working with Wembley International, the sports consulting division of Wembley Stadium Plc and also worked with BDO before establishing his own consultancy business. Repucon Consultancy delivers strategic economic research, strategic planning, independent economic analysis and impact reviews, business case and feasibility studies for a wide of national and international private and public sector clients.

Eoin Doohan

Managing Director of the DFP Group, one of Ireland’s leading financial advisory firms with offices in Dundalk and Dublin.
Originally from Ennis, Eoin commenced DFP in 2000 having previously held senior positions with Bank of Ireland & Irish Life & Permanent

Enda Connolly

Enda is Managing director of CMP Investment Partners based in Dublin. A seasoned real estate investment, structuring and financing professional, he is also a qualified lawyer.

Conor Gilligan – CEO Roadbridge

Conor is CEO of Roadbridge Holdings Limited. A graduate of University College Cork, he has spent the last 30 years in the construction industry. Having been appointed to the board of Roadbridge in 1999 with responsibility for finance, he was appointed Managing Director in 2003. Since then he has overseen the expansion of Roadbridge in both the Irish and International construction markets where they currently have operations in the United Kingdom, Norway, Qatar, Oman and the South Pacific.

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