Former Limerick hurler Mark Foley is to be nominated for a position on the Limerick GAA County Board executive.
The Adare man - Limerick’s most experienced championship hurler - is to allow his name go forward for the position of Irish Officer at December’s annual convention.
It appears that Foley will challenge the out-going Irish Officer Micheal O’Riain for the position.
O’Riain is just one year in the position. He was unopposed at last year’s convention when he filled the void left after the resignation of Billy Ahern midway through 2011.
However, the deadline for nominations is not until Tuesday October 9. Even after that date it is not unheard of that candidates would withdraw.
Foley is one of four new candidates to step forward this week and it now appears that there could be at least two elections on the cards for the December 16 Convention in The Strand Hotel in Limerick city.
Also confirmed this week is that Foley’s former inter-county colleague Joe Quaid is to allow his name go forward for another term as Coaching Officer.
After not succeeding in his bid to become 2013 Limerick minor manager, Quaid took some time to decide his future role within Limerick GAA. He has now decided to continue in his role on the county Board executive.
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.
Mann is to face opposition for the chairman position from current Kilmallock chairman Val Moloney.
At the very minimum the battle for chairman should generate a badly needed debate among the clubs of Limerick.
Another new candidate to emerge this week is Blackrock’s Pat Heffernan. The current chairman of the South Board is to stand for the vacant position of vice-chairman.
But perhaps the most important development this week is the confirmation that Donal Morrissey has been nominated for the position of Treasurer of Limerick County Board. He has acted as both treasurer and chairman of Ahane GAA club and is the club’s delegate to County Board for the last number of years.
He also served on the last Review Committee of the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship and was a key member of the committee which put in place the Appointments Committee for the Limerick Senior Hurling manager following the turmoil of 2010.
At present Morrissey, an accountant by profession practicing in Castletroy, is the only nominee to replace the departing Owen Hayes in the vital role.
At present there are six ‘fresh’ candidates confirmed for varying roles.
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.
Chairman - Oliver Mann (Patrickswell), Val Moloney (Kilmallock).
Vice Chairman - Pat Heffernan (Blackrock)
Ass Secretary - Seamus McNamara (Fr Caseys)
Treasurer - Donal Morrissey (Ahane)
Ass Treasurer - no nomination yet
PRO - John Cregan (Dromcollogher-Broadford)
Coaching Officer - Joe Quaid (Murroe-Boher)
Irish Officer - Micheal O’Riain (Pallasgreen), Mark Foley (Adare).
Development officer - Liam O’Sullivan (Claughaun)
Youth Officer - Tony Roche (Blackrock)
Munster Council Reps (2) - Denis Holmes (Oola), Mickey O’Sullivan (St Kierans)
Central Council Rep - Rory Kiely (Feenagh-Kilmeedy)