There is almost certain to be numerous contests for the Executive posts at the Donegal GAA annual Convention to be held on December 14th.
The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, is the venue this year and at present there are only two positions not being contested - Treasurer and Central Council - where Cieran Kelly and Niall Erskine will be returned unopposed.
There will be contests for chairman, secretary, PRO, Development Officer, Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Coaching Officer and Ulster Council, with some new names being added to the mix.
Among those are Eddie Gallagher, who has confirmed that is “definitely” leaving his name in the race for chairman, opposing outgoing Sean Dunnion.
The most interesting contest will be who will fill the secretary post, which is being vacated by Aodh Máirtín Ó Fearraigh (under the five year rule). Current PRO, Ed Byrne, has confirmed that he is definitely going for the post. Other nominees Noreen Doherty, Nicola Ferry and Mary Kelly have indicated they will not be going forward, but Aideen Gillen, Dungloe, could be a contender.
Speaking to the Democrat yesterday, Aideen said: “I haven’t 100% made up my mind. I have to weigh up my options,” said Aideen, who despite being nominated for vice-treasurer, confirmed that the secretary post is the only one she is interested in.
Sean McGinley has confirmed that he will again be in the race for assistant secretary, but warned that there was a need to look at the workload involved in the post.
Denis Ellis will be unopposed for vice-chairman as Aodh Máirtín Ó Fearraigh, the only other nominee, has indicated that he will seek one of the two Ulster Council delegates post.
The Gaoth Dobhair man said he had worked closely with Ulster Council officials during his time as secretary and would be allowing his name to stand for that post. That should lead to an interesting vote with outgoing officers Pat Conaghan and Brendan Kelly. Trevor McBrearty has indicated that he will be a contender for one of the posts also.
he post of PRO will also have a vote with Charlie Collins confirming to the Democrat that he is interested, while Oisin Cannon and Fiona Shiels are also contenders.
It has been confirmed also that Gary Duffy will be a contender for the Coaching Officer position, opposing Anthony Harkin, the outgoing holder of the position.
With just over a week to go before the annual Convention the ‘phone lines in the county will be busy in the next week as voting intentions of clubs are sought. Canvassing has always been a huge part of the week leading up to Convention and this year could be a bumper year for the ‘phone providers!