FOR the first time in almost 20 years a sitting Limerick GAA chairman is to be challenged at Annual Convention.
Vice-chairman Pat Heffernan has confirmed that he will be standing against chairman Oliver Mann at the 2014 Convention.
At this week’s October County Board meeting the end of year gathering was confirmed for Sunday December 14 - at a south Limerick venue to be confirmed.
Oliver Mann is in his second year as County Board chairman and Blackrock’s Heffernan is to ask clubs to back him in a vote against the Patrickswell.
Heffernan has confirmed that he won’t be seeking re-election as vice-chairman.
There will also be one more election at convention with three candidates nominated for the two roles of Munster Council delegates - Mickey O’Sullivan (St Kierans), Liam Lenihan (Tournafulla) and Frank Reidy (Feohanagh-Castlemahon).
December’s Annual Convention brings an end to the five year term of three officers - Rory Kiely (Central Council), Denis Holmes (Munster Council) and Liam O’Sullivan (Development Officer).
Former Limerick GAA chairman Denis Holmes is to be the new Central Council delegate as he is the only candidate nominated to replace Rory Kiely. Claughaun’s Liam O’Sullivan will become the new vice-chairman after confirmation that Pat Heffernan won’t stand for the role he currently holds.
O’Sullivan’s former role as Development Officers is to be filled by Croom’s Seamus Twomey. Twomey is the only candidate nominated for the position, meaning that there will be at least one new face on the 2015 County Board executive. Elsewhere the Limerick Football Committee, chaired by John Cregan, and the Limerick Bord na nOg, chaired by Denis Carroll, have been reappointed for 2015.
They were rubber-stamped at this week’s County Board meeting as they are no longer elected positions.