The big event at the Longford GAA Convention in Aras Ui Bhriain, Pearse Park, this Thursday night (starting at 7.30pm) is the rematch for the position of Chairman with the outgoing officer Pat Cahill (Carrickedmond) facing another challenge from Brendan Gilmore (Rathcline).
Cahill scored a slender 47 to 41 votes victory over Gilmore at last year's Convention and another close battle could be in prospect to determine who will lead the County Board into 2011.
Cahill is completing his third team in the top post but former Longford footballer Gilmore is vastly experienced in the local GAA administration, having previously served as Secretary and Treasurer on the County Board.
The eventual outcome is eagerly awaited and there is a lot of interest in the Convention with at least two other contests looking set to materialise.
Three candidates have been confirmed of the vacant position of Public Relations Officer with John Duffy (Dromard) stepping down after completing the maximum five-year term in this job and it is the same situation for Irish and Cultural Officer Margaret Farrell (Ardagh St. Patrick's) so there will be at least one new face on the County Board Executive.
Benny O'Brien (Longford Slashers), Gerry Hagan (Killoe Young Emmets) and Deniese O'Flaherty (Granard St. Mary's) are all running for the PRO post while John Duffy is nominated for Irish and Cultural Officer along with Michael Lennon (Fr. Manning Gaels), Deniese O'Flaherty and Michael O'Sullivan (Sean Connolly's).
There are two nominations for Central Council Delegate, the outgoing officer Frank Kiernan (Killoe Young Emmets) and Seamus Quinn (Dromard). It is unlikely that a contest will happen here as former Secretary Quinn currently holds the position of Development Officer but he is facing a challenge from Cyril Connor (Kenagh).
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