Molloy in Convention race

Molloy in Convention race
Anthony Molloy, Donegal’s 1992 All-Ireland winning captain, is the latest to emerge as a candidate for a place on the Donegal GAA executive.

Anthony Molloy, Donegal’s 1992 All-Ireland winning captain, is the latest to emerge as a candidate for a place on the Donegal GAA executive.

The All-Ireland winning skipper and long time critic of the Donegal officer board, is one of six nominees for the position of vice-chairman.

The others are the outgoing vice chairman Danny McNamee, Sean McGinley, Mick McGrath, Denis Ellis and Dan Harnett. These are the candidates that have remained on the ballot paper after all nominees were contacted.

With Denis Ellis and Dan Harnett having confirmed that they will contest for the position, it promises to be the first of a number of elections on the day. Danny McNamee is the outgoing vice chairman.

While Children’s Officer Mick McGrath has been nominated for the top job of chairman, it is thought the Aodh Ruadh man is unlikely to challenge Sean Dunnion, the current chairman.

The other eagerly awaited contests are expected to be for PRO and Ulster Council. Jim Quinn, the outgoing PRO, is stepping down and it is a two horse race between Oisin Cannon and Ed Byrne for the position.

It seems the two Ulster Council posts are going to be keenly contested where the outgoing representatives Pat Conaghan and Brendan Kelly are facing challenges from Grace Boyle, Pat Walsh and P J McGowan. Both McGowan and Boyle have confirmed they are to contest for the posts. Danny McNamee has also left his name in the Ulster race. However, the Naomh Brid club man not made his intentions known and there is also speculation that he is interested in the treasurer’s position.

McNamee, a former county chairman, also served as treasurer for a number of years in the early 1990s. He was treasurer when Donegal won the All-Ireland in 1992.

St Naul’s treasurer, Cieran Kelly, who is also chairman of the county’s fund-raising Club Tir Chonaill, has also declared that he is hoping to replace Grace Boyle as the head of the county’s financial affairs.

While Peter Maloney, Sean MacCumhaill’s, has been nominated for the county secretary position, it is not clear if he will contest it when the time comes around.

Aodh Mairtín O’Fearraigh, who is in his fourth year as secretary, can only serve one more year, under the GAA five year rule.

Development Officer Michael McMenamin, Coaching Officer Anthony Harkin, Oifigeach Gaeilge agus Cultúir Con O’Donnell and Coaching Officer Anthony Harkin are all unopposed and have a free run.

The only other potential contest is at assistant treasurer where outgoing Frankie Doherty may face a challenge from Brendan Kelly, one of the outgoing Ulster reps.

For full list of nominations see Page 85