Longford is one of ten counties that has never witnessed ‘one of their own’ in the role of the GAA President, however, there is growing optimism in the county that this is about to change.
Cashel clubman and former Leinster Council Chairperson Martin Skelly has declared his intention to contest the vote for GAA-President elect at next February’s annual Congress in Croke Park and his election campaign was officially launched amid huge excitement last night, Thursday, November 3.
Cashel club organised, Oíche na gClub, to coincide with the launch of Martin Skelly’s campaign for election as the 39th Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael and the function at The Pier Inn, Lisnacusha, Lanesboro featured entertainment by Drumlish country music star Declan Nerney and his band.
The event attracted a large crowd of well wishers from across Longford and beyond, including neighbouring counties Westmeath, Roscommon and Leitrim, and as he addressed the gathering Cashel GAA Chairperson Jack Bannon spoke about Martin Skelly’s pedigree as an administrator.
He also suggested that while Martin Skelly may not be favourite to win next February’s vote, he told the Gaels present, “don’t be surprised if we have one of our own as President of the GAA!”
Listen to the audio to hear more from Jack Bannon.
Also, the Longford Leader will feature further coverage of Martin Skelly’s GAA President campaign launch in next Wednesday’s print edition and also keep an eye on our social media platforms over the coming days for more audio and video from the launch.