Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Uladh

Council Officers


Ainm/Name : Ciaran McLaughlin
Ról/Position : Uachtarán Chomhairle Uladh
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Cúlra imeartha/Playing Background : Ciaran played for Strabane Sigersons GAA, playing at all levels for 20 years. He played in two Junior County finals and secured his only adult success when the club won the Junior Football League in 1995. Ciaran was a member of the team promoted to Senior for the first time in 1998. He also managed the club twice, in 2001/2002 and again in 2015. Ciaran played county football for Tyrone at vocational level, losing two Ulster Finals to near neighbours Donegal. Ciaran refereed for 5 years before the administration demands on his time brought an early end to his refereeing career.
Administration/Ulster Council : Twice chairman of his club for a total of seven years, Ciaran was a member of the Tyrone County Committee and Coisti Banisti for 11 years, holding elected positions of Youth Officer (2004-2006), Vice-Chairman (2007-2008), County Chairman (2009-2014), and Ulster Council delegate (2015). In his tenure as County Chairman Ciaran oversaw the opening of the new Tyrone Centre of Excellence at Garvaghey. At National level, Ciaran was formerly a member of the ‘One Club’ Committee whereby the GAA, Camogie and Ladies Football organisations worked toward integration at club level. One of Ciaran’s major milestones has been the establishment of a Health and Wellbeing officer role into every GAA club as a result of his motion to Tyrone County Convention back in 2012. Ciaran was appointed by the then GAA President Liam O’Neill as the National Chairperson of the Health and Wellbeing Committee in 2014 in recognition of his work and promotion in this area and has continued in this role under Aogan Ó Fearghail.

Prior to his election as Uachtarán, Ciaran served as Cisteoir of Ulster from 2015-2018 and Leas Uachtarán from 2018-2021. Nationally Ciaran was appointed by Uachtarán John Horan to the roles of Chairman of the National Games Development Committee and of the Club and County Planning Committee for 2018-21.


Ainm/Name : Brian McAvoy
Ról/Position : Rúnaí Chomhairle Uladh
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Cúlra imeartha/Playing Background : Brian, who is a member of St. Mary’s GAC, Burren, is a former secretary of the Down County Committee and is a highly experienced GAA official.
Administration/Ulster Council : A civil servant by profession, Brian has worked at the heart of government affairs in recent years and has served as Principal Information Officer in a number of government departments including The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.
As Provincial Secretary, Brian is also the Provincial Director and CEO of Ulster GAA. His responsibilities include servicing the Ulster GAA Council, acting as head of staff and implementing Executive decisions when appropriate. Brian represents Ulster GAA at all meetings with public bodies and also sits on the National GAA Executive Committee and other Sub Committees.


Ainm/Name : Michael Geoghegan
Ról/Position : Leas Uachtarán Chomhairle Uladh
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Cúlra imeartha/Playing Background : Born in Cavan Town, Michael’s family were involved with the Drumalee club before moving to Castleblayney where Michael played U16, Minor, U21 and Junior Football for Castleblayney Faughs. After getting married in 1983 Michael moved to Middletown, Co Armagh, where he joined the local club and played Junior & Senior football for Eoghan Rua, and also served on the club committee and became involved in fundraising.
Administration/Ulster Council : In 2003 Michael started stewarding at County level, then at Provincial and National level, where he has been involved since. In 2011 Michael became a member of Armagh’s fundraising committee and was elected Vice-Chairman of Armagh County Committee in 2013. In 2015 he was elected as the Armagh delegate to the Ulster Council and was also appointed to the Central Competitions Control Committee.

In 2016 he took up the position of Ulster GAA Public Relations Officer and served in this role until January 2019, and then served as Ulster GAA Treasurer until January 2022. He is also a member of the National Hearings Committee and the National Games for All Committee.


Ainm/Name : Declan Woods
Ról/Position : Cisteoir Chomhairle Uladh
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Cúlra imeartha/Playing Background : Declan is a member of the Killeshandra Leaguers Club where he played at under age level. He coached and managed teams for his club at U12, U14 and U16 levels and was also a member of the senior management team who captured a league title in 1997.
Administration/Ulster Council : Declan’s first dalliance with administration was as a county board delegate substitute before being appointed Club Chairperson at 25 years of age. A member of Cavan County Board management committee for 19 years (1999 – 2018) holding the positions of Youth Officer, Development Officer, PRO and Ulster Council Representative. Declan was also the first Chairperson of Club Breffni, Cavan’s primary fundraising arm. During his term as PRO Declan received both Provincial and National Gaelic Writers’ awards.

From 2018 to 2021, Declan held the role of Ulster PRO, during which time he served as Chairperson of National GAA’s IT & Communications committee.


Ainm/Name : Michael McArdle
Ról/Position : Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Chomhairle Uladh
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Cúlra imeartha/Playing Background : Michael is a member of the St Patrick’s GAA Club Drumgath, where he played at underage and Senior level.
Administration/Ulster Council : Twice Chairperson of his Club for total of 14 years, Michael has been a member of the Down GAA Management Committee for the past 12 years holding the positions of Divisional Chairperson, Ulster Council Delegate and Central Council Delegate. Michael was also a member of the Ulster GAA Finance Committee and is a former Chairperson of the Ulster GAA Club Planning and Development Committee.

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