THE WAITING GAME A general view of Hastings Insurance MacHale Park in Castlebar. Pic: Sportsfile
ALMOST two years after the post of ‘Operations and Finance Manager’ for Mayo GAA was first advertised, the position is no closer to being filled.
Mayo GAA chairman Seamus Tuohy told club delegates at Wednesday night’s meeting of the County Board that ‘a committee has been put together to look at the job spec’.
‘They will come back with a recommendation sometime in November,’ he added.
The post was first advertised in December 2020 and there were two separate failed attempts to fill the position last year — following candidate interviews on each occasion.
The appointment seems to have slipped down the list of priorities in the meantime.
Seamus Tuohy did tell club delegates seven months ago that there was ‘work going on in the background’.
“We met and we discussed this last weekend,” the Breaffy clubman told delegates.
“As people know at this stage, this has been going on a while, this has been tried before, and we were unsuccessful. .
“Basically, what we decided at last week’s Coiste Bainisti meeting. . .there is a committee put together, under Daithi [Gallagher, Mayo GAA Bord na nÓg chairman] and members of the Cairde Maigh Eo [fundraising] committee.
“They’re looking at the job spec’ and they will come back with a recommendation sometime in November. That work is ongoing and we will then go to Croke Park with the update on that.”
Speaking at a County Board meeting last March, the chairperson said: “We need to be clear about what we need because there’s a lot of opinions out there.
“A lot has changed since the Board first started to look at this post, so we need to be very clear about what we need in order to assist our current administrator, and the bigger issues that need to be addressed by the Board.”
Lights in stand to be fixed
MEANWHILE, club delegates were also told this week that work to fit lights in the main stand at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park would begin next Tuesday and should be completed inside a fortnight.
Mayo GAA have been unable to fix any evening matches that would require lights to be switched on in the stand for patrons — to meet Health and Safety regulations — in recent months.
Mayo GAA chairman Seamus Tuohy told the meeting that he expected the electrical work to be completed before the Mayo senior club football champions (Ballina Stephenites or Westport) are due to play there in the Connacht club championship on Sunday, November 13.
“The work will be starting on Tuesday,” he said. “Hopefully that will be completed within the two weeks before the Connacht senior club football semi-final .
“The plan is that the work will be completed within the two weeks”
The Mayo News understands that the PA system at the stadium will also be repaired and updated during the fitting of the lighting.
There had been some speculation that the lighting issue may have impacted on MacHale Park's ability to host any floodlight matches in next spring's National Football League.
However, in light of the chairman's comments last night that would not seem to be the case.