Duffy steps down as Ulster Senior League secretary

Duffy steps down as Ulster Senior League secretary
The more things change, the more they stay the same - continuity was key at the Ulster Senior League AGM’s in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny on Monday night.

The more things change, the more they stay the same - continuity was key at the Ulster Senior League AGM’s in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny on Monday night.

There will be no change in personnel to the executive of the league, although there was one alternating of roles as Mark Duffy, secretary for the last six years, and outgoing assistant secretary Niall Callaghan swapped seats.

“I have been on the league executive for the last nine years and I beleive it is time for a change,” Duffy said. “Due to work and family commitments I cannot commit myself to the job of secretary to the standard I demand. I believe you have a ready-made secretary in Niall but that is up to you to decide.”

Callaghan, who has worked under Duffy for the last four years, was the popular choice as new secretary and admitted he has “big shoes to fill.” Duffy replaced Callaghan as assistant secretary “for the one year - as part of the transition.”

Johnny McCafferty returned unopposed as league chairman and Jim McConnell will continue as vice-chairman. Donal Coyle stays on as treasurer, Paul McGovern to be re-elected as PRO at next executive meeting, while Dessie Kelly remains as registrar.

“I was hoping to stand down,” Kelly said. “If you could get someone in, there’s plenty of younger men than me but they can take the year to think about it.”

The disciplinary committee - who was last season made up of Tony Gorman, Jack McLaughlin, Denis O’Donnell, George McLaughlin and Danny Cullen - will have a new head officer appointed by the time the season starts next month.