The president holds office for three years. The role of president has existed since the foundation of the GAA. The president of the GAA is one of the leading figures in civil society in Ireland, as the association has around one million members and is present in every parish in the country. The role of president involves representing the GAA in Ireland and across the world. Former presidents of the GAA have a key role within the GAA, sitting on the motions committee which rules if motions to the annual Congress are in order. They also have become known for other roles such as Seán Kelly, who is now an MEP.
The current president is John Horan, installed in 2018 succeeding Aogán Ó Fearghaíl. The president travels across Ireland and the world to promote the organisation and attend games; former President Nickey Brennan travelled 160,000 miles in Ireland alone during his three years as president, and visited Great Britain, Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East on several occasions, meeting dignitaries such as New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg along the way.
In 1981, John Kerry O'Donnell became the first overseas member of the GAA to run for president.
|#||Name||Portrait||Entered office||Left office||County|
|N/A||Maurice Davin (2nd term)||1888||1889||Tipperary|
|20.||Aodh Ó Broin||1961||1964||Wicklow|
|22.||Séamus Ó Riain||1967||1970||Tipperary|
|28.||Dr Mick Loftus
(Micheál Ó Lochláin)
|38.||Aogán Ó Fearghaíl||2015||2018||Cavan|
Aodh Ó Broin is not listed as deceased.
John Horan became the first native Dubliner to be elected Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael in almost 100 years when he assumed office in February of 2018.
He was the longest-surviving ex-president, having served in office between 1970 and 1973.