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Tuohy bounces back to take chair


THE MOMENT OF TRUTH Seamus Tuohy (centre) from Breaffy is congratulated by John Gibbons (left) and Seán McEvilly from Louisburgh after the result of the Mayo GAA chairman election was announced. Also in the picture is Seamus' son, Evan. Pics: John Corless

Mike Finnerty

Name: Seamus Tuohy
Age: 61
Lives: Breaffy
Occupation: Assistant Nursing Director, Mayo Mental Health Service
Marital status: Married to Marie. They have two children, Shona and Evan.  
Did you know? Seamus was a wing-back ‘who would run all day’ during his playing days with Breaffy in the 1980s and early ’90s.

THE new chairperson of Mayo GAA, Seamus Tuohy, has vowed to ‘run an open, democratic County Board that will listen to the voices of GAA members across the county’.
Tuohy was elected to the chair after beating Con Moynihan by 93 votes to 70 in last Sunday evening’s election at the annual County Convention which was held in the Air Dome at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan.
The Breaffy clubman, who lost the 2019 election for the chair to Liam Moffatt, ran on five key priorities: demographics, facilities development, coaching, working on gaps in 17, 18 and 19 year-old players due to recent changes; and debt structuring to benefit clubs.
The 61 year-old father-of-two said prior to last Sunday’s Convention that he intended to retire from his role in the HSE if he was elected, and is now expected to dedicate his ‘full-time’ focus to the voluntary post.
“Two years ago I stood before you with a very different outcome, which left me very disappointed,” Tuohy told delegates last Sunday evening.
“But my commitment to Mayo GAA never faltered. I fought hard to get here and will work tirelessly to give my very best in this role. This is a role I am passionate about and very excited to embark on in the coming weeks and months.”
Con Moynihan, a work colleague and friend of the new chairman, said he was ‘looking forward to working with Seamus’ in his role as vice-chairman.
“You have my loyalty as you run Mayo GAA into the future,” said the Ballaghaderreen man.
Meanwhile, outgoing chairman Liam Moffatt, who was stepping down after two years in the post, said he believed ‘that for Mayo to stay at the competitive edge of the GAA in the years to come, and to achieve what we all want to achieve, everything we do – on and off the pitch – must be linked together’.
“That includes: Games development, off the back of prudent demographic planning; coaching investment, with the right facilities and infrastructure; and doing what we do to a high level of excellence, with accountability from volunteer officers supported by the best professional expertise in an appropriate HR structure,” he said.

The contest for the chair was the only election that took place after Tuohy’s victory triggered a wave of withdrawals from nominees for other positions.
Outgoing chairman, Liam Moffatt, withdrew his name from the Connacht Council delegate contest; both Dermot Butler (secretary) and Paul Cunnane (Connacht Council delegate) withdrew from the vice-chairman race; and Ronan Kirrane (assistant secretary) withdrew from the secretary contest.
So all the outgoing officers were elected unopposed.
Former Mayo GAA Board chairman, Mick Higgins, was named as the new President of the County Board for a two-year term. He succeeds Seán Feeney from Ballintubber.

Mick Higgins (President); Seamus Tuohy (Chairperson); Con Moynihan (Vice Chairperson); Dermot Butler (Secretary); Ronan Kirrane (Asst. Secretary); Valerie Murphy (Treasurer); Michael Diskin (Asst. Treasurer); John Walker (Public Relations Officer); Declan O'Reilly (Coaching Officer); Grainne Kelly-Frayne (Cultural Officer); Paddy McNicholas (Central Council delegate); John Hopkins (Connacht Council delegate); Paul Cunnane (Connacht Council delegate).


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