Our efforts to set up a long-term support network for players and the GPA Programmes in the US have been very successful over the past year with an increasing number of supporters coming on board. However, critical to the long-term success of these efforts will be raising awareness of our games through increased promotional work and exhibition matches.
I must acknowledge the incredible efforts being made on our behalf in the US by our Advisory Group and the many people helping to organise our Ireland-US Heritage Awards and Dinner Gala in New York in November 2012. Their interest in and respect for the contribution made by county players to Irish culture and society is extraordinary and is greatly appreciated by our players.
Congratulations to all squads on your contribution to another hugely successful GAA county season with all the attendant drama and, significantly, excellent attendances. As always this success is a testimony to your dedication.
Finally I would like to pay tribute to GPA member and Fermanagh footballer Brian Óg Maguire who was tragically killed in an accident this year, a year in which we also lost Jim Stynes and John Egan. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-ainmneacha.