THERE are to be five elections at December’s Annual Convention of Limerick GAA.
Twelve different candidates, all from different clubs, were confirmed by this Tuesday evening’s deadline.
Six of the candidates are from the south, three from the west, two from the city and one from the east division.
There will be at least two new faces at the top table of the Limerick GAA Executive in 2013 with treasurer Donal Morrissey and vice-chairman Pat Heffernan both unopposed for their respective positions.
The positions of chairman, treasurer, PRO, assistant secretary and assistant treasurer all became available due to the five year rule.
On top of that the position of vice-chairman became vacant when Oliver Mann confirmed he is to stand only for election to the position of chairman.
So departing the County Board will be chairman Liam Lenihan, treasurer Owen Hayes, PRO Helen Cross and assistant secretary Pat Creed.
Assistant treasurer Mick McDonnell is bidding to remain on the board.
His term in that position has ended but he had now been nominated for the role of assistant secretary - the position he first held when elected to the board in 1981.
McDonnell faces opposition from two candidates.
Seamus McNamara is currently the West Board secretary and is a former secretary of his club, Fr Caseys in Abbeyfeale.
The third candidate is Mike Rea. He is currently vice-chairman of County Bord na nOg and a former secretary of the same board.
Four of the five elections will be for vacant positions.
The only out-going officer to be challenged is Irish Officer Micheal O’Riain of Pallasgreen.
He is been surprisingly challenged by former Limerick All-Star hurler Mark Foley.
The position of chairman is a two-man battle between Oliver Mann and Val Moloney.
Mann is the departing vice-chairman and a former Patrickswell club chairman.
Moloney is currently the chairman of the Kilmallock club.
Former West Board chairman Johnny Brosnahan is among the trio nominated for the assistant treasurer role.
The Tournafulla man faces opposition from Con Danagher of Blackrock and Geraldine Neenan of Dromin-Athlacca.
With the departure of Helen Cross from the PRO role, Neenan is bidding to become the only female at the top table.
Former Fianna Fail TD John Cregan is nominated for the position of PRO. The Dromcollogher-Broadford treasurer faces opposition from current City Board PRO Eamonn Phelan and Mike Rea.
The Effin man is the only candidate nominated for two positions.
The meeting will take place on Sunday December 16 in the Strand Hotel in Limerick City.
There was some discussion as to the venue at this week’s County Board meeting but this Wednesday afternoon, Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan confirmed it would be hold in the Strand Hotel, as originally nominated by the Limerick City divisional board.
Chairman: Oliver Mann (Patrickswell) & Val Moloney (Kilmallock).
Vice Chairman: Pat Heffernan (Blackrock).
Ass-Secretary: Seamus McNamara (Fr Caseys), Mick McDonnell (Croom), Mike Rea (Effin).
Treasurer: Donal Morrissey (Ahane)
Ass-treasurer: Johnny Brosnahan (Tournafulla), Geraldine Neenan (Dromin-Athlacca), Con Danagher (Blackrock).
PRO: John Cregan (Dromcollogher-Broadford), Eamonn Phelan (St Patricks), Mike Rea (Effin).
Irish Officer: Micheal O’Riain (Pallasgreen), Mark Foley (Adare).
Development Officer: Liam O’Sullivan (Claughaun).
Childrens Officer: Gerry McNamara (Mungret)
Coaching Officer: Joe Quaid (Murroe-Boher)
Munster Council Delegates (2): Mickey O’Sullivan (St Kierans), Denis Holmes (Oola).
Central Council Delegate: Rory Kiely (Feenagh-Kilmeedy).