Offaly GAA Convention set to be most interesting for years as nominations released
The nominations have been revealed for the 2020 Offaly GAA Convention and, based on the nominations, there are set to be contests for a number of key positions making this the most eagerly anticipated Convention for a number of years.
Topping the list is the contest between Tommy Byrne and Michael Duignan for Chairperson.
Gracefield man Byrne, in his second stint in the role, will be challenged by the former All Ireland winner and RTE pundit.
There will also be a contest for Vice Chairperson with three names in the running. Incumbent Niall Gleeson is being challenged by Edenderry's Colm Cummins and Rhode's James Murphy.
Gleeson is also nominated for Assistant Secretary where he will contest the position with Pauric Pierce who currently holds the role.
Dervill Dolan, another potential newcomer to the County Board is nominated for Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer where he is set to challenge incumbents Jimmy Hogan and Brian Flynn respectively.
The other election on the night will see former All ireland referee Brian Gavin challenge incumbents Dolores Slevin and Joe Higgins for a position as Leinster Council Representative.
In the other positions, the outgoing members of the Executive are unopposed.
NOMINATIONS FOR 2020 OFFALY GAA CONVENTION
Chairperson: Tommy Byrne (Gracefield) (Outgoing); Michael Duignan (Durrow)
Vice Chairperson: Niall Gleeson (Kilcromac/Killoughey) (Outgoing); Colm Cummins (Edenderry); James Murphy (Rhode)
Secretary: Pat Horan (St Rynagh's) (Outgoing)
Assistant Secretary: Pauric Pierce (Raheen) (Outgoing); Niall Gleeson (Kilcromac/Killoughey)
Treasurer: Jimmy Hogan (Birr) (Outgoing); Dervill Dolan (Clara)
Assistant Treasurer: Brian Flynn (Ferbane) (Outgoing); Dervill Dolan (Clara)
PRO: Mary Dunne (Ballyfore) (Outgoing)
Central Council Representative: Paddy Scales (St Rynagh's) (Outgoing)
Leinster Council Representatives (2): Dolores Slevin (Kilcromac/Killoughey) (Outgoing); Joe Higgins (Tubber) (Outgoing) Brian Gavin (Clara)
Cultural Officer: John Moloney (Tullamore)
Coaching Officer: Martin Cashen (Carrig/Riverstown)