GAA Convention falls foul of the poor weather conditions

THE latest sporting casualty due to the adverse weather is tonight's Annual Convention of Limerick GAA.

THE latest sporting casualty due to the adverse weather is tonight's Annual Convention of Limerick GAA.

Almost 300 delegates from the 69 GAA clubs of Limerick were to attend the eagerly awaited AGM in Kilmallock.

However the meeting was cancelled on Saturday.

"Due to the unprecedented bad weather that we are experiencing at present the County Convention that was due to take place in Kilmallock this Monday will instead occur on Monday, December 13," explained Limerick GAA secretary Mike O'Riordan.

"We are sorry for any inconveniences caused by this, but we have no choice but to put it back by a week due to the treacherous driving conditions around the county, with a lot of the county being in inaccessible in the last few days."

There is to be just one election at the 2010 Annual Convention - for the two Munster Council delegates.

In contention for the two places are Denis Holmes (Doon), Mickey O'Sullivan (St. Kieran's), Jimmy Carroll (Hospital-Herbertstown) and John Galvin (Croom).

Last week former TD Eddie Wade (South Liberties) withdrew from the race.

Overall the changes at the top table of Limerick GAA are to be minimal.

It is already known that Patrickswell's Oliver Mann is to be the new vice-chairman, as he was the only nominee for the position which is being vacated by Mickey O'Sullivan as he has served his maximum five-year term in the position.

Another stepping down after five years is Monagea's Gerry Philips - who was coaching officer.

Two-time All Star Joe Quaid will fill the vacant position of Limerick GAA coaching officer, as the only other nominee for the role. A former player with his native Feohanagh-Castlemahon and now connected to the Murroe-Boher club Joe Quaid played between the posts for Limerick from 1994 to 2002 and was coach of the Limerick under-14 team for the Tony Forristal competition this season.

The postponement of the GAA Annual Convention is the latest in a long line of weather enforced sporting cancellations.

Limerick GAA headquarters in the Gaelic Grounds was expected to host the Munster club football final on Sunday afternoon between Nemo Rangers and Kerry's Dr. Crokes, but that was also forced to be postponed by one week.

Elsewhere all schoolboy and junior soccer fixtures were called off due to the weather, while all local GAA matches were also called off.

All rugby went by the wayside, apart from the Magners League game in Thomond Park, where the pitch was protected last week by straw.

The Greyhound Stadium was also forced to call off their Thursday and Friday cards.

Racing did go ahead on Saturday, but the heavy fog meant that spectators could only see the action on the home straight.

The four quarter-finals in the 2010 Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger were the main attraction on the night.

The way is now paved for the semi-finals of the blue riband of the local greyhound season next Saturday.

Carrying the local hopes is Beaming Dilemma for Knocklong's Joshua Ryan and Cillein O'Brien and trainer Pat Buckley. Another with local connections is Whatsupjack for former winner Larry O'Shea.

Elsewhere, Ballinacurra Gaels and Old Christians GAA clubs are set to benefit from a unique table quiz which takes place this Thursday, December 9 in Patrick Punches Hotel.

The table quiz is to find 'Limerick's best GAA Brain' - all questions will be on Limerick senior football and hurling teams and players of the past and present.

The quiz will consist of ten rounds of ten questions.

There will be a seperate club prize (for teams that enter representing their GAA clubs). A club can enter as many teams as they wish to.

As well as the first second and third prize for the quiz winners there will be separate club prizes for the highest placed club team.