Plenty of contest expected at Donegal GAA Convention
Donegal GAA is due to hold its annual review for the coming year when they hold their County ConvenTion on Monday night next in Jackson's Hotel in Ballybofey.
In recent years County Conventions have been low key affairs though the now infamous Boundary issue took up the bulk of the debating time at last year's gathering and was really the only controversial issue disusssed at last year's convention in Dorrian's Hotel in Ballyhsnanon.
As is always the case the end of year financial report and the state of the county's finances will attract much of the attention and will be eagerly awaited. This is especially the case given the stringent and tough economic climate being experienced in the country by all sporting bodies and of course at a time in which Donegal have completed the purchase and begun development on a new Centre of Excellence on the outskirts of Convoy.
This year, too, there appears to a higher number of contests for positions. Along with the expected high profile contest between treasurer Grace Boyle and PRO Seamus O'Donnell for the treasurer's job and the declared head-to-head between outgoing Central Council representative Paddy Mullen and Niall Erskine for the Croke Park representative position, a number of other contests are anticipated.
Convoy clubman Brendan Kelly has confirmed that he is interested in returning to the assistant treasurer position and is going to challenge the current holder of the position Frankie Doherty.
Charlie Cannon and Terry O'Reilly have been nominated for the two Ulster Council representative posts and are expected to put it to a vote against outgoing Ulster reps Edward Molloy and Mick McGrath.
Both Charlie Cannon and Mick McGrath have been nominated and have left their names in for the vice-chairperson's position, which is currently held by long serving official Naul McCole.
Naomh Conaill's Sean Connaughton is the front runner to take over from Liam McElhinney, who has confirmed he is vacating the position. And while assistant secretary Crona Regan has not confirmed publicly that she is stepping down from assistant secretary, the widespread belief within the executive is that the Naomh Conaill woman will. Aodh Ruadh's Terence McShea and Ed Byrne, Killybegs have been nominated for assistant secretary. They have both confirmed that they are considering their positions. But at the this stage the odds are shortening on Terence McShea filling the position.
County chairman P.J. McGowan, secretary Aodh Mairtn O' Fearraigh , Development Officer Michael McMenamin, PRO, Seamus O' Donnell, Coaching Officer Seamus McInaw are all unopposed and can sleep soundly between now and Monday night.
There is an usually high number of motions on the Clar for Convention. But the bulk of them are amendements to existing bye-laws and to bring current bye-laws into line with the official guide.
However, one of the more interesting motions is to hold county committee meetings on a bi-monthly basis rather than the existing meeting every month with a minimm of six meetings a year. This motion is in the name of St. Eunans.
Ed Byrne, Killybegs (above) and Terence McShea, Aodh Ruadh (left) who are leaving their names in the race for the Assistant Secretary race.