Daly one of three still standing in GAA Presidency race

Donegal man Tom Daly is one of only three men still standing in the race to become the next President of the GAA.

Donegal man Tom Daly is one of only three men still standing in the race to become the next President of the GAA.

This follows the shock withdrawal from the race of Tipperary man Con Hogan earlier this week. Former Donegal and Ulster Council official Daly, along with ex-Leinster Council official Liam O'Neill and Wexforman Seamus Howlin are the three names left in the race.

Daly (pictured) has received been nominated by all nine Ulster Counties but has yet declare whether or not he is going to contest the position.

However, now with the withdrawal of the only Munster man in the race and with two candidates from Leinster still in the running, the Donegal man's prospects of taking the top job have been greatly enhanced.

Liam O'Neill was the defeated candidate in the last election losing out to Christy Cooney.

The new President will be elected at next April's annual GAA congress in Mullingar, and will act as President-elect for 12 months before taking over from Christy Cooney at the end of his three year term.

While Congress always favours the defeated contender from the previous election, as long as Howlin stays in the race Daly is in with a great chance of becoming the first Donegal man to head the Association.

Announcing his withdrawal from the race Hogan said in a statement issued through the Tipperary county board that the presence of candidates with a stronger provincial and geographic support base coupled with the fact that the current President is from Munster would make it very difficult for him to achieve the necessary support.

Buncrana will play in Division Three of the All County League in 2011 after being relegated at the end of last year.

McGinley joins Roscommon

Kilcar man Eamonn McGinley is a member of the Roscommon panel for the Allianz National League. Eamonn, who at the end of last year, transferred from Kilcar to Western Gaels in Roscommon, has been drafted into the Connacht champions panel by Fergal O'Donnell and was sub goalkeeper for last Sunday's opening day draw with Longford.

He has also had a number of outings with his adopted county in the Connacht FBD League.

Meanwhile, seven Tir Chonaill Gaels players - Damien Donnellan, David McGreevy, Austin Concannon, Stevie Boyle, Brendan Friel, John Collins and London born Liam Gavaghan - played for London in the Exiles Division Four win over Kilkenny.

McBrearty sets new Inter-varsaties 1,500 metres record

Letterkenny AC's Darren McBrearty continued his good early season form at the weekend when he once again was on the podium for the third time in a week.

Running in the colours of Dublin City University, at the National Intervarsities Indoor Championship in Nenagh on Saturday afternoon, he won the 1500 race in a time of 3.51.59 and in the process set a new Irish Intervarsaties 1500 record.

In a top class field he shaved three seconds off the old record and came home ahead of Mark Hanrahan, Cork IT, with his Letterkenny AC colleague Dan Rooney, running for UUJ, in third and John Coghlan - son of the legendary Eamonn Coghlan - also DCU, in fourth.

The win capped a brilliant seven days for Darren which saw him claim first place at 800 metres in Vienna on Tuesday night in a time of 1.47.87 (the fastest time so far recorded at the distance in Europe in 2011, while on the previous Sunday he came second to Mark English also at 800 in Cardiff.

The National Indoor Championship, in Belfast next weekend, February 19/20 are next on the horizon for Darren with the heats on Saturday and the finals on the Sunday.