Coiste Contae Ard Mhacha is honoured to propose our former senior football team captain Jarlath Burns for the position of Uachtarán CLG at Congress in 2020.
Jarlath has had a successful playing career at college and inter-county levels, most notably as captain of the Armagh senior footballers in 1999 that won county’s first Ulster Championship in sixteen years.
He has proved himself to be an able and innovative administrator and has accumulated wide and valuable experience in a variety of roles at club, county, provincial and national levels. He was Chairman of his club, Silverbridge Harps, from 2012 to 2015, and has been club Secretary since 2015. He is currently Armagh’s delegate to the Ulster Council and is a member of both the Armagh and Ulster GAA Management Committees.
Jarlath has been Chairman of a range of national committees, including the Standing Committee on the Playing Rules and the 125th Anniversary Committee, and was a consultative member of the GAA Strategic Committee of 2000. He served on Central Council from 2000 to 2003, was the first players’ representative on Ard Chomhairle and was then the Armagh delegate between 2009 and 2013. He was also on the GAA Management Committee in 2012-13.
But Jarlath’s relevant experience extends beyond his various roles within the GAA. In his capacity as principal of St Paul’s HS Bessbrook, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership and management skills. In both 2016 and 2018 the Education and Training Inspectorate judged St Paul’s pastoral care, achievements, standards and leadership as ‘outstanding’.
Elsewhere, Jarlath was appointed as member of the Eames Bradley Consultative Group on the Past, which undertook a three-year consultation process across Ireland (from 2007 to 2009) and produced a report with proposals for dealing with the legacy of the conflict in the North.
Tá céim ollscoile sa Ghaeilge ag Iarlaith, chaith sé 25 bliain ag teagasc na Gaeilge agus caitheann sé an chuid is mó den lá ag déanamh gnáthchumarsáid as Gaeilge. Sí Gaeilge a chéad teanga labhartha agus scríofa. Tá léar mhór cláracha Gaeilge déanta aige fosta agus chuir sé clár suntasach i láthair a dhírigh ar stair CLG in Uladh. Craoladh an clár seo ar TG4 agus BBCNI agus fuair sé léirmheas iontach dearfach ón lucht féachúna agus ó mhuintir CLG ar fud na tire.
Jarlath has a profound knowledge of all aspects of the GAA, both at home and abroad. As administrator at all levels, he has remained true to the values which inform and enrich our Association, while never failing to challenge it where he sees that the integrity of the Association and its games are at stake. And, in an environment in which the GAA is under intense daily scrutiny and where communication skills are vital, he would be an articulate public defender and advocate of the Association and a strong voice for modern and progressive action.
It is for these reasons that Armagh GAA proudly propose Jarlath Burns, certain in the knowledge that he will make an outstanding Uachtarán CLG.