Maastricht-based but forever Cuala, Tony Bass has been involved within the European Board from soon after its inception under the guidance of the late Joe McDonagh and during his GAA Presidency in 1999.

Tony was also involved in establishing his home club in Europe, Maastricht GAA, and the strategic nature of his input is reflected in the fact that the Club – in conjunction with the municipal authorities – secured a 15-aside floodlight 4G pitch which has hosted the European Finals on many occasions.

Over the past two decades, he has carried out enormous work in bringing the games in mainland Europe to an incredible level. Tony has made a real contribution to the solid framework that is now in place in Europe and has been a huge source of inspiration to all the other GAA units at the International level.