SLOWLY but surely candidates are starting to confirm their intentions ahead of the changing of the guard at the Limerick GAA annual convention in December.
The closing date for nominations of candidates to stand for election is October 9, ahead of the AGM, which will take place on December 16 in The Strand Hotel.
The will be at least six vacant seats on the executive of Limerick GAA.
Five officers must step down as they have served the maximum five year term in their relevant positions.
That means that Limerick will get a new chairman, treasurer, PRO, assistant-secretary and assistant-treasurer.
On top of that, the vice-chairman position will also be up for grabs.
That is because former Patrickswell chairman Oliver Mann has confirmed that he is to put himself forward for the role of County Board chairman.
He has confirmed that he won’t be standing for re-election to the vice-chairman role, regardless of what happens in the election for chairman.
However, despite many names appearing on the rumour mill, Mann is currently the only name in the ring to succeed Liam Lenihan as chairman.
Also confirming his intentions is Seamus McNamara.
A selector with the Fr Caseys senior football team in Saturday’s county semi-final against Dromcollogher-Broadford, McNamara is currently the secretary of the West Board.
He has filled that role for the last five years and prior to that was West Board PRO.
He is to put his name forward for the role of assistant-secretary.
The only other confirmed candidate is John Cregan.
The Dromcollogher-Broadford man was first to confirm his intentions and is to stand for the position of PRO. The former Fianna Fail TD is bidding to take over from out-going Helen Cross.
So that leaves treasurer, assistant-treasurer and vice-chairman without a candidates as of yet.
Those that are departing their roles due to the five-year-rule are Liam Lenihan, Owen Hayes, Pat Creed, Mick McDonnell and Helen Cross.
None, have yet, confirmed if they are interesting in contesting for other positions on the board.
The next fortnight is sure to see much rumour about potential candidates for the varying positions and hopefully for the good of Limerick GAA, the forthcoming annual convention can breathe new life into the top table. Were there to be contests for positions, it could only generate much needed debate.