THE build-up to the Mayo GAA Convention next month took another twist last night (Tuesday) when the current County Board PRO Paul Cunnane confirmed that he will not be running for the vice-chairman position.
The Davitts clubman had allowed his name to go forward for the vice-chairman post when nominations closed earlier this month.
However, speaking to The Mayo News at last night’s South Mayo GAA Board AGM, Cunnane explained that he had withdrawn from the vice-chairman race and was now focussed on retaining his position as PRO.
As a result, Con Moynihan (the current Mayo GAA Bord na nOg chairman) will be elected as vice-chairman at the County Convention.
Michael Gallagher from Ballycroy GAA club is challenging Cunnane for the PRO role.
He was given the green light to run at a Mayo GAA executive meeting on Monday night after an initial objection regarding his club membership was withdrawn.
“I spoke to a lot of clubs over last number of weeks and they favoured me remaining in the PRO position which is what I will be doing,” explained Paul Cunnane.
“Change is always good, but we need a mix of change and stability.
“We’re looking at a new chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer, assistant treasurer, Connacht Council delegate and Central Council delegate, so I think we need some stability in some positions.
“And I think I can bring that stability and track record into the role of PRO which I have been in for the last four years.
“If I’m elected next month I will be the most experienced officer on the Mayo GAA executive and at this point in time I think stability is key for Mayo GAA,” he added.
“Having been the liaison officer for the senior football team this year I have developed a good relationship with the senior team management, as well as with all the players.
“In fact, in conjunction with the treasurer, I’ve already been dealing with the senior team management in relation to their budgets and squad size for 2020.
“I would hope to get elected to ensure I’m there to help all those plans come to fruition.”
The Mayo GAA Convention takes place on Sunday, December 15 in Belmullet.