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Battle begins for Mayo GAA chair

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Michael Gallagher

THERE will be a contest to fill the role of Chairperson of Mayo GAA at this December’s County Convention after both Séamus Tuohy and Con Moynihan confirmed they will run for the vacancy.
Current chairperson Liam Moffatt announced last month he is stepping down from the role after two years at the helm.
Breaffy man Tuohy was beaten by Moffatt in the contest for the chair two years ago. He was the outgoing Vice-Chairperson at the time.
Current Mayo GAA Vice Chairperson Con Moynihan last night (Monday) confirmed he will be in the running too after his club, Ballaghaderreen, formally nominated him on Thursday last. Both men have served as Chairperson of Mayo GAA Bord na nÓg before progressing to vice chairperson.
Moynihan is also running for vice chairperson, which he is expected to contest if he is unsuccessful in the race for chair.
Seamus Tuohy’s decision to contest the position comes two years after he was defeated for the role by Liam Moffatt.
“Yeah, I thought long and hard about it, but the support I’ve received and the desire to contribute to Mayo GAA at the highest level was just impossible to ignore,” he told The Mayo News.
“I don’t want to say too much at the moment, because it’s not about sound-bites from me, it’s about the ability people bring to the role and that’s what I’m going to concentrate on over the coming weeks.
“There’s a huge amount of positivity around Mayo GAA. We are achieving great things both on and off the field and I want to build on that going forward.
“The 50 clubs across this county are the backbone of Gaelic games in Mayo,” he continued. “I’m really looking forward to engaging with each of them and hearing their views on how we can bring the county forward.
“I will spend the next number of weeks visiting clubs and speaking to people across the county to ask for their support in this process.
“I have a number of ideas on how the County Board can serve clubs in Mayo and directly help them. If I am lucky enough to be selected I will lead a county board that works with clubs throughout the year and listens to their concerns on a wide range of issues from fixtures, facilities, training and resources,” Tuohy said before remarking that the county is on the cusp of great success.
“Mayo has a rich tradition of Gaelic games. I want to bring my many years of experience with my local club and at county board level to this role and drive forward our county to a new era of success that is mirrored in both club and county teams.”

Cunnane to run
MEANWHILE, another man who has declared his intention to run for Vice Chairperson is current Connacht Council delegate and former Mayo GAA PRO Paul Cunnane, writes Edwin McGreal.
“It would be my intention to let my name go forward for the position,” he said last night (Monday). “There is a club meeting planned for later this week so hopefully I will receive their support for my nomination,”  said the Davitts GAA clubman.
Cunnane was PRO for five years, from 2016-20 and Connacht Council delegate in 2021. He has also been heavily involved in the Laochra Mhaigh Eo fundraising project.
“I have worked with clubs and all Mayo teams during this time to help them as best I can. I would hope to be able to continue to help them as vice-chairperson in 2022.”
The Mayo GAA convention will take place at 5pm on Sunday, December 5 in The McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris. Nominations for the chairman’s role and any other have to be returned to county secretary, Dermot Butler before 6pm on Sunday next, November 7.

 

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