A 59-year-old man who held a prominent position with the GAA has been given a two-year sentence for sexually assaulting two teenage girls.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victims, had pleaded guilty to six charges of sexually assaulting one of the victims on three dates between August 1991 and August 1993 and the second girl on three dates between 1995 and 1997.

Both girls were aged 13 when the assaults first occurred.

Sentencing the man at Ennis Circuit Cork today, Judge Gerald Keyes said the man had committed a serious breach of trust in sexually abusing the girls for four to five years.

He said the man's misconduct had a very profound and damaging effect on the young women.

He had caused them hurt, torment and self-doubt and they would require on-going counselling.

He described the man as being a prominent person in sporting circles, who had spent a lot of time helping others in a sporting organisation.

The man had initially denied the assaults in interviews with gardaí but had eventually entered a guilty plea to six sample charges.

He had not seen either of the victims since 2007.

Judge Keyes said a custodial sentence must be imposed and sentenced him to two years in jail on each of the counts to run concurrently.