New Donegal GAA chairman Sean Dunnion, will preside over his first executive meeting tonight (Thursday) when the county management committee meet for their first meeting of the New Year.
The former Four Masters’ chairman was elected to the top job at last month’s County Convention, replacing Sean MacCumhaills clubman P. J. McGowan, who had completed his three year term in the chair.
Dunnion is one of four changes in personnel from 2012 on the executive. Danny McNamee (Vice-chairman), Brendan Kelly (Ulster Council representative), both returning to the top table after a number of years away from the levers of power. Glenfin’s Jim Quinn, who is the new PRO, completes the line-up of new personnel.
For tonight’s first meeting of the new executive the agenda is understood to be a pretty length one, with a number of pressing issues to be dealt with in preparation for the year ahead.
Among the main items on the agenda is the completion of the current phase of the county’s new Centre of Excellence in Convoy. It is also expected that the controversial issue of the so called levy/surcharge imposed by the executive on All-Ireland tickets, and the subsequent fallout and wrap on the knuckles from Croke Park will also be discussed once again.
The executive are expected to be brought up to speed on the issue and if ay of the county’s 39 clubs have sought a refund of the 5 euro charge.
The Democrat understands that the vast majority of clubs had no problem with the levy/surcharge and are not seeking a refund and that only a small number of clubs are making noise on the matter.
The new chairman set out in his acceptance speech a number of areas such as structures at adult and underage football level, communications and public relations and the re-organisation of county committee and how county committee meetings are run being among the priorities on his list.
He is expected to shed a little more light on what he has in mind especially on the re-organisation of county committee.
The new chairman will also chair his first county committee on Monday night next January 14th when county committee meets for the first time in 2013.
Meanwhile, Donegal footballers and hurlers will be wearing the Donegal Creameries logos on their jerseys once again in 2013.
The company had been the main sponsor for the past three seasons with the sponsorship agreement running out with the All-Ireland win.
However, the Democrat has learned that a new agreement has been hammered out and an official announcement is expected in the coming weeks, before the start of the Allianz National Football League at the beginning of next month.