Carlow GAA have a new look county board for 2016 onwards following Friday’s Convention held at Rathvilly NS.
Outgoing chairman Michael Meaney was not seeking re-election and is replaced at the head of the Carlow County Board by Ballinabranna GAA’s Sean Campion. In a two horse race Campion defeated Fenagh’s Pat Nolan by 57 votes to 38.
Nolan was returned as Vice Chairmain, defeating Ballon’s Martin Barry and Rathvilly’s Brian O’Donoghue who were also in the race. Barry retains his position as Irish & Cultural Officer.
Cormac O’Toole (Tinryland) takes up the role of Treasurer from the outgoing Mick Byrne.
The only other new face to the board is St. Andrew’s George Darcy who takes up the role of Childrens Officer.
“Outgoing Chairman Michael Meaney and Treasurer Mick Byrne both made emotional speeches, a testament to how much passion they both have brought to their roles over their 5 year stints. Two more dedicated men to the cause of Carlow GAA would be hard to find, the work they have done is nothing short of outstanding. Hour after hour of their own time given so freely to improve the fortunes of our County. We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude and no less admiration.
We wish our new Officers well as they seek to put their stamp on proceedings over the coming years. Let’s hope the foundations laid by the volunteers who have gone before will set Carlow on a positive footing as we enter into 2016.”
In his address Sean Campion said that he wanted to do what was best for Carlow GAA going forward, and he also sent out a warning to clubs that discipline will be very high on his list of priorities.
Additional reporting Tommy Murphy.