Former Offaly Express Editor Alan Walsh has been ratified as the new Offaly GAA PRO.
The Birr native takes over from Rhode’s Niall Murphy who decided not to seek another year in the position.
Alan was PRO of Feile na nGael for the two years it was based in Laois and Offaly and he has a wealth of experience in all aspects of the GAA as well as covering the sport in the county for the past 18 years.
A former club manager in Offaly in both hurling and camogie and at juvenile level, he was a selector on the last Offaly team to win a Leinster Final in Croke Park when he was involved with the Offaly minors in 2000.
He is also the proud owner of a GAA McNamee Award which he picked up in 1998. The awards honour excellence in the area of communications, publication relations and journalism, specifically related to the activities of the Association.
Under his stewardship, the Offaly Express was also selected as the ‘Provincial Newspaper of the Year’ for 2010 in the Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael Media Awards.
The Offaly Express was also recognised for its coverage of Community Games affairs, another area in which Alan was heavily involved, accepting a South Midland Construction / Community Media Award from then Community Games National President George O’Toole in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.