Byrne returned as Chairman as Offaly GAA set out stall for 2018

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Byrne returned as Chairman as Offaly GAA set out stall for 2018 thumbnailPictured at the Offaly GAA Convention were some of the officers of the Board. Front Row; Eamonn Cusack, Dolores Slevin, Tommy Byrne, Chairperson Offaly GAA and Mary Dunne. Back; Martin Cashen, James Murphy, Joe Higgins, Pauric Pierce and Pat Teehan.

THE annual Offaly GAA County convention was held last Tuesday week with outgoing Chairman Tommy Byrne re-elected un-opposed. There was little change at the top table of the board but Mary Dunne and Joe Higgins were required to step aside from their roles as Assistant Secretary and Vice Chairman respectively having served five years in the roles.
St Rynagh's club man and former All Ireland hurling final referee Pat Horan is the new assistant secretary while Raheen's Pauric Pierce takes over from Higgins as Vice Chairman.
Mary Dunne has now taken up the role of PRO while Higgins will serve as a Leinster Council delegate. Tullamore's John Moloney was elected as the Cultural officer while Dolores Slevin joins Joe Higgins as a Leinster Council delegate.
In other news from the convention, Offaly GAA reported an overall surplus of just over €110,000 which included a deficit of just over €30,000 from the running of O'Connor Park.
Birr GAA brought two proposals to the meeting whereby semi finals of the senior hurling championship would be fixed for St Brendan's Park and in a separate motion, that the final would be held there every second year. Both these motions were rejected after secret ballots were taken on both.
The power for fixing games lies with the CCC and while they can still be fixed for wherever they see fit, Birr's attempts to get it binding were defeated.
Meanwhile St Broughan's won the juvenile club of the year while there was a surprise in the senior club of the year with Kilcormac/Killoughey taking the accolade ahead of many people's favourite, Ballinamere.
For full reports from convention, see inside on pages 68, 69, 70 and 71.


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