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Moynihan mulling over chairman role


PLANS Con Moynihan

Michael Gallagher

THE vice-chairman of the Mayo GAA Board, Con Moynihan, says he is contemplating a run to be the next chairman of Mayo County Board after Liam Moffatt announced his decision to step down from the post for ‘business and personal reasons’.
Speaking to The Mayo News last night (Monday), Moynihan said he was currently ‘actively considering his options’ and would make a final decision ‘over the next few days’.
“I know that’s a very political answer but that’s the situation right now,” he explained.
“I didn’t expect the position to become vacant so soon, but I fully support Liam (Moffatt) in his decision to step down and wish him well in the future.
“Under Liam’s leadership, the past two years have seen a lot of the big-ticket items dealt with: MacHale Park resurfacing; sponsorship and the likes, and the next three years would have been devoted to further developments and the needs of every single club in the county.
“I have worked hard on a demographic study of every club and we are ready to deal with their varied and specific needs in the coming months and years.”
However, the Ballaghaderreen clubman must now think about whether the time is right to look for the top job or remain as vice-chairman. It’s a decision he won’t take lightly he says.
“The opportunity has come around quicker than I anticipated, but that’s the way things work sometimes and decisions have to be made. I am very determined that whatever decision is made will be in the best interests of Mayo GAA as a whole, and I feel I have a good understanding of the complex requirements across the board.
“For example, I feel rather than having one large centre of excellence which would cost a huge amount, we should have four smaller ones in each division with the co-operation and support of the clubs. The first of these should be in North Mayo, where the requirement for a floodlit venue for training, development and matches is crucial.
“No matter who is chairman on the county board there are challenges and opportunities ahead for Mayo GAA,” he added.

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