CHANGING LANES Outgoing Mayo GAA chairman Liam Moffatt (right) is pictured with fellow Crossmolina man, and current Mayo GAA secretary, Dermot Butler at the 2017 Mayo GAA Convention. Both are running for new positions at next month's County Convention. Pic: Conor McKeown
THE politics of Mayo GAA will go into overdrive over the next few weeks as candidates vie for a number of positions on the County Board executive.
Nominations closed last Sunday evening and it has now been confirmed that contests will take place for the roles of chairman, vice-chairman and positions on the Connacht Council.
Outgoing chairman Liam Moffatt is seeking a position as a Mayo GAA delegate to the provincial council and will battle it out with outgoing delegates Johnny Hopkins from The Neale and Paul Cunnane from Davitts in the race to fill two spots.
The chairperson’s role, which Moffatt is vacating after two years at the helm, will be filled by either Ballaghaderreen’s Con Moynihan or Seamus Tuohy from Breaffy after both accepted nominations from their clubs.
Moynihan is the current County Board vice-chairman while Tuohy is a former chairman of the CCC, and an ex vice-chairman so it promises to be an intriguing battle for the top job.
If Moynihan is defeated in the chairman’s race he will then have to face off against the aforementioned Cunnane, who has thrown his hat into the race for the vice-chairman post, and current County Secretary Dermot Butler, who has also decided to run for vice-chairman.
The Crossmolina GAA club official was a late entry to this contest but he says he is already looking forward to the campaign.
“I suppose I’ve been at the coal-face of GAA affairs in the county for the past number of years and it’s something I enjoy,” he told The Mayo News last night. “Of course when you’re in a position such as secretary you have to make decisions which don’t meet the approval of all, but I try to be fair to everyone.
“I enjoy being involved in the GAA and meeting people along the way. It’s a big part of life for many of us and I’m very proud to represent my home club, North Mayo and the county as a whole. Best of luck to everyone running for the various positions.”
If Butler is elected vice chairman at the convention in Claremorris on December 5, his current role of secretary will be filled by Ronan Kirrane of Davitts, the current assistant secretary.
It promises to be an intriguing few weeks.