Who will be next county chairman?

While the nominations for the Donegal GAA County Convention will not be released until Friday, the spotlight is beginning to fall on who will succeed P. J. McGowan as Donegal Co. chairman.

While the nominations for the Donegal GAA County Convention will not be released until Friday, the spotlight is beginning to fall on who will succeed P. J. McGowan as Donegal Co. chairman.

McGowan’s term of office - three years as per bye-law in Donegal - ends when the Donegal clubs gather for Co. Convention in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Sunday, 16th December.

The MacCumhaill’s clubman will be able to give a good report sheet with the Sam Maguire likely to be sitting alongside him when he makes his last chairman’s address.

But it is the race to fill McGowan’s boots which will take most of the pre-Convention talk, even though there is still over three weeks to the big day.

All-Ireland winning captain from 1992, Anthony Molloy, was early into the race, but he will have plenty of competition as the battle hots up.

While it is all speculation without the full list of nominees, it is certain that current vice-chairman, Charlie Cannon, and Childrens’ Officer, Mick McGrath, will be in the race. It is also believed that Glenfin’s Liam Ward and Four Masters’ Sean Dunnion are also nominated, while Anthony Molloy is still considering his position.

Speaking yesterday Molloy said: “I’m still thinking about it. It’s a massive job. When you look at it really, it’s a full-time job if done properly,” he said. The Ardara man, who is now involved with Naomh Columba, said there was a massive amount of work to be undertaken in the county including the whole area of fixtures at underage and senior; the Centre of Excellence at Convoy and the refereeing situation. “If you air your opinion, it is taken sometimes that you’re getting personal,” said Anthony, who felt that there was a need to speak out on different issues.

“We are back at the top of the pile with our senior team and we need to use our success,” said Molloy.

Charlie Cannon confirmed to the Donegal Democrat yesterday that he is likely to be nominated and added: “I will be leaving my name in the hat.”

Mick McGrath also confirmed that he would be contesting the position. “Although the nominations have yet to be released, I have been infomed that I’m nominated and I will be allowing my name to go forward,” said McGrath.

Glenfin’s Liam Ward, when contacted by the Democrat, said that as far as he was aware, he was nominated for three different posts and would be keeping his options open for now. Four Masters’ Sean Dunnion, who is in the US, said he was aware that he was nominated and would respond when he returned at the weekend.

Among the other areas of interest at Convention will be the filling of the Ulster Council position that will be vacated by Edward Molloy, who is stepping down after completing his five year term. Pat Walsh of Bundoran, the current referees’ secretary, is said to be actively seeking the post, while the names of Brendan Kelly, Convoy and Danny McNamee, Naomh Brid, are other names being mentioned.

It is believed that Edward Molloy may be contesting the position of PRO, a position that is likely to have a contest. Jim Quinn of Glenfin is also being mentioned in a three-way contest with outgoing Maire Graham.