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New Mayo chief sets out plans


ALL SMILES Outgoing Mayo GAA chairman Liam Moffatt and incoming Mayo GAA chairman Seamus Tuohy are pictured during a lighter moment at the end of the County Convention on Sunday evening. Pic: John Corless

New Mayo GAA chair set for a busy start to term

Michael Gallagher

THE previous 24 hours had been tumultuous, emotional and tiring, but new Mayo GAA chairman Seamus Tuohy wasted no time in getting down to business.
Emerging from his first planning meeting as the new leader of Mayo GAA last night (Monday), the Breaffy man was clear and concise when speaking with The Mayo News.
He had been elected at the previous evening’s County Convention in Bekan and was in no doubt as to where his gratitude was directed.
“I’m indebted to the clubs. They have put their trust in me and I will work to the utmost of my ability to repay that trust. We face a lot of challenges but by working together we can achieve our goals. I’ve been involved in the GAA all my life and this is a huge honour for me, my family and my club.”
The HSE mental health professional is determined to hit the ground running and has very clear goals after speaking with clubs across the county over the past few weeks. He listened to the needs and requirements of clubs in all four divisions and says there are a number of issues to be addressed imminently.
“After travelling around the county, and hearing what the needs are on the ground, one of my key targets would be the the putting in place of a Games Promotion Officer in South Mayo.
“This is an immediate requirement and is very urgent.
“Of course, I will also be busy over the next few days putting a number of sub-committees in place and one of the most urgent of these is a group to deal with the issue of demographics and the impact population decline and change has on many of our areas.
“This is of particular importance to our many small clubs, but it also impacts on the needs and requirements of our bigger clubs too, so it’s something that needs to be addressed immediately.
“We need to work on that straight away and have a strategic plan ready for next year, for clubs, agreed by clubs, so that we’re actually taking a proactive stance and making sure everyone in Mayo has access to our games,” he added.
The demographics debate had reached the floor of the Convention on Sunday when three motions raised by CLG Tuar Mhic Éadaigh were passed by the delegates.
The motions all addressed player registration issues and were overwhelmingly adopted by the delegates - showing the depth of feeling around the issue.
On inter-county matters, the new chairman is also looking to make an immediate impact and has pledged fulsome support for all management teams guiding the fortunes of the Green and Red.
“I’m fully committed to working with the likes of James Horan and his team. I’ll be meeting with James shortly and sitting down to look at the year ahead and anything we as a board can do to help James or any of our management teams will be done.”
Finally, the newly-elected chairman dismissed any suggestions that businessman Tim O’Leary had any involvement in his campaign to be elected as chair of the County Board. The incoming Cathaoirleach also explained that he had no plans to engage with Mr O’Leary.
“I have had absolutely no communication with this man whatsoever, none. The board has made their position clear prior to me taking up my position and I will be guided by the board.
“There is no such engagement, there has been no engagement and I don’t plan to go down that road. As far as I’m concerned I won’t be having anything to do with him as chairman of Mayo GAA.”

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