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Vote of confidence in Offaly GAA officers

Thursday, 16 November 2017

THE often maligned officers that run Offaly GAA affairs have received a major vote of confidence by being more or less returned unopposed for another year.

Chairman Tommy Byrne (Gracefiedl), secretary Eamon Cusack (Durrow), treasurer Jimmy Hogan (Birr), assistant treasurer Martin Boland (Raheen), Central Council representative Pat Teehan (Coolderry), development officer James Murphy (Rhode) and coaching officer Martin Cashen (Carrig and Riverstown) will all be returned unopposed at the Convention of the Offaly GAA County Board on December 5.

There will be some changes on the management committee as a result of officers having to stand down under the rule that limits them to five years in the one position while others are stepping down and one can't stand as he is currently suspended.

Vice chairman Joe Higgins (Tubber) and assistant secretary Mary Dunne (Ballyfore) have served their five years and Raheen's Pauric Pierce is the sole nominee for vice chairman while St Rynagh's Pat Horan is the only name put forward for assistant secretary - it is not known yet if both will stand.

The County Board had failed to elect a PRO last year and Mary Dunne has been nominated for this position.

There will be new Leinster Council representatives (2) and a Cultural Officer. Cultural officer, Damien Martin (St Rynagh's) is stepping down, as is one of the Leinster Council delegates, Joe O'Brien (Drumcullen) - the other Leinster Council representative Laz Molloy (St Brigid's) is not allowed to stand as he is currently suspended - Molloy received a ban for incidents during a game involving the St Brigid's side he managed and it is believed the County Board have received clarification that rules him out for putting his name forward for election.

Joe Higgins, Dolores Slevin (Kilcormac/Killoughey) and Pat Horan are nominated for Leinster Council while there are two nominees for cultural officer, Michelle Hogan (Birr) and John Moloney (Tullamore).

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