Longford GAA Chairperson Brendan Gilmore. Photo by: Declan Gilmore
Rathcline’s Brendan Gilmore, who has completed four years as Longford GAA County Board Chairperson, will be opposed at annual convention which takes place on Thursday, December 15 in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule.
With just twelve months of his five-year term left to complete, Mr Gilmore, is set to be opposed by Eamon Reilly (St Munis Forgney).
Mr Reilly, who has served as Vice Chairperson from 2014 - 2016, is nominated to contest the top job. He was also nominated last year but withdrew his candidacy prior to the convention which took place in Abbeylara Parish Centre.
However, on this occasion, in a signal of his intent, Mr Reilly has already declared and indicated to clubs that he is not seeking re-election as Vice Chairperson and he is nominated to run against Brendan Gilmore in a head-to-head battle.
Mr Gilmore is one of Longford’s most experienced administrators, having previously served as Treasurer (2005 - ‘09), Secretary (1996 - 2002) and Vice Chairperson (1995).
Should the vote materialise it will generate plenty of excitement ahead of a convention that will witness change in at least five Management roles as a new Vice Chairperson, Coaching Officer, PRO and two new Leinster Council representatives will be installed.
As mentioned already, outgoing Vice Chairperson Eamon Reilly is vacating his role, and two candidates have been nominated Bríd McGoldrick (Emmet Óg Killoe) and John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields).
Ms McGoldrick was also nominated for Vice Chair in 2015 but withdrew her candidacy prior to convention. An All-Ireland SFC Final referee, Mr Bannon, has completed five years as one of the county’s two Leinster Council representatives.
Tommy McLoughlin (Mostrim) is not seeking re-election officer as Coaching Officer, however, he has thrown his hat into the ring for Leinster Council representative. Cyril Connor (Kenagh), who, in 2015 completed his fifth year as Development Officer and in 2016 was Leinster Council representative, is nominated to fill the Coaching Officer vacancy, as is Dan McElligott (St Columba’s Mullinalaghta). Mr Connor has already indicated that he isn’t seeking re-election as Leinster Council representative.
Caroline Ginty (Rathcline) has vacated the PRO position and there are five candidates nominated to succeed her - Michael Burke (Mostrim), Damian Edgeworth (St Brigid’s Killashee), John Duffy (Dromard), Deniese O’Flaherty (St Mary’s Granard) and Nicole Rowley (Emmet Óg Killoe). Mr Duffy previously served as PRO and Leinster Council representative.
With John Bannon (five years completed) and Cyril Connor not going forward for the two Leinster Council representative roles, there are five nominated contenders - Tommy McLoughlin, Anthony Dooner (St Brigid’s Killashee), Derek Fahy (Ballymore), Gerry Hagan (Emmet Óg Killoe) and Eugene Murtagh (Sean Connolly’s).
Four outgoing officers - Treasurer Albert Cooney (Rathcline), Assistant Treasurer Eugene Quaine (Carrickedmond), Development Officer Colm Murray (Kenagh) and Central Council delegate Micheál Carrigy (Sean Connolly’s) will retain their roles unopposed.
While outgoing Irish Language and Culture officer Gerry Hagan, who served as PRO from 2010 to ‘15, could be facing opposition from Eamon Brennan (Grattan Og) and Kevin Kane (Dromard).
There will also be votes to determine the identity of delegates that will attend Leinster Convention and Annual Congress.
LONGFORD GAA CONVENTION NOMINATIONS
Brendan Gilmore (Rathcline) outgoing;
Eamon Reilly (St Munis Forgney)
Eamon Reilly (St Munis Forgney) outgoing (not seeking re-election);
Bríd McGoldrick (Killoe Emmet Óg);
John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields)
Albert Cooney (Rathcline) outgoing
Eugene Quaine (Carrickedmond) outgoing
Colm Murray (Kenagh) outgoing
Coaching & Games Development Officer
Tommy McLoughlin (Mostrim) outgoing (not seeking re-election);
Cyril Connor (Kenagh);
Dan McElligott (St Columba’s Mullinalaghta)
Irish & Cultural Officer
Gerry Hagan (Killoe Emmet Óg) outgoing;
Eamon Brennan (Grattan Og);
Kevin Kane (Dromard)
Caroline Ginty (Rathcline) outgoing (not seeking re-election);
Michael Burke (Mostrim);
Damian Edgeworth (St Brigid’s Killashee);
John Duffy (Dromard);
Deniese O’Flaherty (St Mary’s Granard);
Nicole Rowley (Emmet Óg Killoe)
Leinster Council representatives
* John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields) & Cyril Connor (Kenagh, not seeking re-election) both outgoing;
Tommy McLoughlin (Mostrim);
Anthony Dooner (St Brigid’s Killashee);
Derek Fahy (Ballymore);
Gerry Hagan (Emmet Óg Killoe);
Eugene Murtagh (Sean Connolly’s)
Central Council representative
Micheál Carrigy (Sean Connolly’s) outgoing
Delegates to Annual GAA Congress - Feb 24/25, 2017 in Croke Park - (2)
TJ Ward, Seamus McRory, Eugene Quaine, Sean Hannon, Eugene Murtagh, Martin Skelly
Delegates to Leinster Convention - Jan 28, 2017 in Carlow - (2)
Eugene Quaine, Sean Hannon, Eugene Murtagh
* denotes five year-term completed