Opening his speech, Joe Flynn touched on the challenges faced by the GAA and the country in these difficult economic times.
“The past year has been difficult with a continuation of depressing news—job losses, emigration, pay cuts, banking scandals, pay top ups to highly paid managers and directors and many more unsavoury news headlines.
“The GAA is not immune to any of the aforementioned and is suffering with all other institutions of the state. The upsurge of new clubs throughout the world is testament to the huge exodus of talented young men and women that are leaving our shore.
“The official departure of our pay masters, the Troika, as we gather for our annual convention will not make any great difference to our affairs but we must recognise that despite all of our recent difficulties the GAA at national level has increased attendances at our games and has as a result increased financial returns.
“We all face huge challenges of survival at both club and county level. However, our organisation is most resilient, and survived similar challenges over the years.
“We must address these challenges and working closely together hopefully we can advance the ideals of the GAA further for the coming year for the betterment of our county and our clubs.”