Kavanagh and Hughes successful but no PRO elected

A vacancy remains on the Offaly GAA County Board Management Committee after ast Thursday's Convention failed to elect a Public Relations Officer (PRO).

A vacancy remains on the Offaly GAA County Board Management Committee after ast Thursday's Convention failed to elect a Public Relations Officer (PRO).

There were three nominees for the role – the outgoing PRO Brendan Minnock (Shamrocks), Mary Dunne (Ballyfore) and Kevin Egan (Ferbane) – with each declaring they weren't seeking election.

It means that clubs will be asked to submit nominations for PRO ahead of the first County Board meeting on January 18.

There were two votes on the night. The outgoing Leinster Council Representatives were Martin Boland (Raheen) and Eamon Flynn (Ferbane) and with Mr Flynn having to step aside in accordance with the five-year rule, there were four nominees for two positions – the outgoing Mr Boland, Ollie Daly (Ballycumber), Bill Kavanagh (Kilclonfert) and Fergal McKeon (Tullamore). Mr Daly withdrew from the race with Boland and Kavanagh being successful following a vote.

With Youth Officer Eamon Cusack (Durrow) stepping down, there were three candidates proposed to succeed him – Willie Gavin (St Rynagh's H), Brendan Minnock (Shamrocks) and John Hughes (Durrow). Mr Minnock indicated he wasn't seeking election and Mr Hughes won the head-to-head vote, meaning one Durrow man replaced another in the position.

All other officers on the Management Committee were returned unopposed as Tullamore's Fergal McKeon and Ballycumber's Ollie Daly opted to withdraw their candidacy for the positions for Vice Chairperson and Treasurer, respectively.