While a new County Board Treasurer, Rathcline clubman Albert Cooney, will be elected at the Longford GAA Convention in Aras Ui Bhriain, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park this Thursday night (starting at 7.30pm) the person in the top position remains the same.
Brendan Gilmore (Rathcline) is back as Chairman for a third term in office and the clubs in the county are obviously satisfied with the situation, clearly reflected in the fact that the former Longford footballer from the glorious 60’s will be returned unopposed as there were no other nominations for the ‘hot seat’.
The highlight for happy Gilmore and all other Longfordians in 2014 was unquestionably the terrific win over Derry in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers at Celtic Park in June but it proved to be a false dawn as the county crashed to a humiliating hammering in the next round against Tipperary in Thurles.
Relegation to Division 4 of the National Football League was another serious setback and the only way is up for Longford in 2015 with Jack Sheedy back in charge of the county senior squad, assisted by Sean Dempsey (Laois) with former Ardagh and Longford player Philip Kiernan also part of the management team.
Brendan Gilmore will continue to work closely with the full-time Secretary/Games Manager Peter O’Reilly (Abbeylara) in controlling the affairs of Longford GAA but a new Treasurer will be taking over the finances as the outgoing officer Anthony Dooner (Killashee St. Brigid’s) has to step down after completing the maximum term of five years in the position.
As the outgoing Assistant Treasurer Albert Cooney (Rathcline) is the only person nominated, he will be elected unopposed as Treasurer. Dooner could end up back on the executive as he has been nominated for Assistant Treasurer but is facing a contest against Eugene Quaine (Carrickedmond), the other nominee for this particular post.
Michael O’Sullivan (Sean Connolly’s) has decided to vacate the job of Irish and Cultural Officer, after completing four years in office, but with nobody nominated to succeed him it remains to be seen what will happen here!
The other officers who will be returned unopposed at the GAA Convention are as follows: Vice-Chairman: Eamon Reilly (Forgney St. Munis); PRO: Gerry Hagan (Killoe Emmet Og), Development Officer: Cyril Connor (Kenagh), Coaching & Games Development Officer: Tommy McLoughlin Jnr (Mostrim); Central Council Delegate: Michael Carrigy (Sean Connolly’s); Leinster Council Delegates (2): John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields) and John Duffy (Dromard); Children’s Officer: Brid McGoldrick (Killoe Emmet Og).