AHEAD of tonight’s much-anticipated Mayo GAA County Board meeting in MacHale Park, it has been revealed that the position of Public Relations Officer (PRO) will be contested at December’s Mayo County Convention.
Michael Gallagher, a native of Ballycroy, has officially announced his campaign to run for the PRO position, which is currently held by Paul Cunnane. Davitts clubman, Cunnane, has one more year left on his term in the role.
The final date for nominations for Convention 2020 is Saturday, November 9. The convention will take place in the Broadhaven Bay, Belmullet on Sunday, December 8.
“I’m delighted to announce that I have accepted the nomination of my club, Ballycroy, to go forward for the position of Public Relations Officer,” Gallagher said in a statement. “I do not take this nomination lightly and accept it as a great honour.
“Mayo GAA should be surrounded by positivity, possibility and promise, but too often we find ourselves mired in controversy and confrontation. This is not what Mayo GAA should be about. We should be communicating from a position of class, instead we find ourselves, frankly, darkened by crass behaviour.
“The Public Relations of Mayo GAA is of vital importance. Portraying the vibrancy of our people and our great sporting community in a positive, transparent, confident and composed manner will be at the forefront of my thoughts, if I am lucky enough to attain the position.
“I’m well aware that the Mayo senior team is the flagship of our association here in the county, but I’m also cognisant of the fact that each and every club needs to be assisted in the development, knowledge and growth of their traditional and social media activities. I will urgently address the needs and requirements of our grassroots if I am lucky enough to attain the position.”
Gallagher, who has worked as a sports journalist in Mayo for the past 20 years, is a former player for Ballycroy and Islandeady GAA, and has held every administrative position in Ballycroy GAA. He has also had coaching involvement with Castlebar Mitchels and Davitt College secondary school in Castlebar.
Cunnane, who works with PEL Recycling, Balla, has held the Mayo GAA PRO role since December 2015. He was named the Gaelic Writers Association ‘PRO of the Year’ in 2016.