Name: Barry Dunne
GDA Division: Western
How long are you working for Waterford GAA: I have been working for Waterford GAA since 2015 having initially started on an internship. I have been employed full time since March 2017. Previous to this role I worked in Fund Accounting for ten years.
What part of the role do you most enjoy? I think the part of the job I enjoy the most is meeting and working with people. A huge part of my role is being on the ground interacting with groups like teachers, school children, club administrators and coaches. You build up great relationships with people and I’ve made some great friends.
What do you feel is most important part of your role at present? Lately the impact of COVID-19 on the GAA has meant we are playing a different but no less vital role for clubs. We are often a vital source of information, ideas and resources for clubs as they deal with the pandemic. Outside of that, putting good Coach Education structures in place is a high priority for myself and Déise Óg. The key to sustainable development of coaching in clubs is learning and education so it is a critical area in my eyes.
How important is the relationship between clubs and the GDA’s? It is absolutely critical in my eyes. We are the conduit between clubs and the GAA and progressive clubs will utilise that link as much as possible. We are always at the end of a phone call, WhatsApp or email to help a club with various projects, coaching initiatives or to act as a sounding board on ideas. And we are delighted to help.
What is in store for Déise Óg in 2021? We are currently planning out the year as best we can given the circumstances. There is a lot of exciting new projects in store for clubs and schools which we are really looking forward to rolling out. Coupled with this is new structures for the Déise Óg Academies, an exciting Coach Education programme as well as a packed Games Programme at juvenile level. So loads to look forward to.