With Pat Cahill (Carrickedmond) stepping down after serving five years as the general of Longford GAA (the maximum term that can be served by any officer in the same position as is the rule), a new County Board Chairman will be elected at the annual Convention in Aras Ui Bhrian, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park this Friday night, December 14, starting at 7.30pm.
The two contenders for the top post are Brendan Gilmore (Rathcline) and Pat Donnelly (Fr. Manning Gaels) and thus a contest will materialise between former County Board Secretary and Treasurer Gilmore and the outgoing Vice-Chairman Donnelly to determine who will lead Longford GAA in 2013 and beyond.
Donnelly is stepping down as Vice-Chairman and as Michael Carrigy is the only nomination for this position the Sean Connolly’s clubman will be elected unopposed. Carrigy is vacating the post of Leinster Council Delegate but returns to the county board executive in a different role.
Frank Kiernan (Killoe Young Emmets) is not seeking re-election as Central Council Delegate after serving three years in this particular post and he will be replaced by the outgoing Chairman Pat Cahill or Eugene Murtagh (Sean Connolly’s) with a most intriguing contest in prospect here. Former referee Murtagh was a member of the Longford GAA Competitions Control Committee (CCC) this year while Cahill is obviously very keen to remain at the top table.
Outgoing officer John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields), along with former County Board PRO John Duffy (Dromard) and County Minor Board Chairman Eugene Quaine (Carrickedmond), are nominated for the two positions of Leinster Council Delegates and thus a contest will also materialise in this department.
And rounding off what promises to be a very interesting annual Convention is the contest for Coaching Officer, vacated by Gary Brady (Fr. Manning Gaels) after he served the maximum term of five years. The contenders here are Tommy McLoughlin Jnr. (Mostrim), who is stepping down after serving several years as County Minor Board Secretary, and Ciaran Kelly (Ardagh St. Patrick’s).
Outgoing officers Treasurer Anthony Dooner (Killashee St. Brigid’s), Assistant Treasurer Eamon Reilly (Forgney St. Munis), PRO Gerry Hagan (Killoe Young Emmets), Development Officer Cyril Connor (Kenagh) and Irish & Cultural Officer Michael O’Sullivan (Sean Connolly’s) will all be returned unopposed to serve on the county board executive in 2013.
Killoe Young Emmets club member Brid McGoldrick was nominated to take over the new position of Children’s Officer at last year’s Convention and is set to continue in the role which will be ratified in Aras Ui Bhriain on Friday night.
On a final note, Michael Lennon (Fr. Manning Gaels) has announced that he is stepping down after serving four years as Chairman of the Longford GAA Competitions Control Committee (CCC) and it will be interesting to see who replaces him in this important role.