The AGM for Monaghan County GAA Board was held in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan.
It was a smooth run through as far as motions were concerned with all seven motions
on the Clar passing without any discussion. However the election of officers caused
greater interest with some of the sitting officers being challenged for the positions.
The Chairman, Paul Curran, was challenged by John P Graham but managed to hold on
to his seat. The secretary, Sean McKenna, also had to defend his position against
a challenge from Ailis McEntee, whom he had ousted last year. The outcome this year
was again a close result with the challenge failing by 9 votes. It was a very close
contest for the assistant secretary job between John P Graham and Michael Burns when
the latter succeeded in getting the position by one vote, with no recount called.
The outgoing assistant secretary, Sean Murphy, was thanked by the Chairman for his
work and commitment to the GAA over many years. Eamon O’Hara who was challenging
for the position of Treasurer withdrew his nomination in favour of the existing office
holder, Marion Donnelly. Gerry Duffy and John Connolly were elected as delegates
to Ulster Council and Noel Mullaney was elected as Hurling Officer. John McArdle
withdrew his nomination for Coaching Officer in favour of Eamon OHara and Pauline
Rooney withdrew as Cultural Officer in favour of John P Graham. However Scor enthusiasts
will be delighted to hear that Pauline will continue to assist with the organisation
and promotion of Scor competitions. The other big contest of the night was a challenge
by Sean O Ciarain against the 2010 PRO, Siobhan McQuillan, but there was no change
at the end of the vote. Padraig Sherry is Vice-Chairman; Brendan Farrell Assistant
Treasurer, Liam Stirrat Central Council delegate, Cathal Hand is Youth Officer, and
Gerry McDonald the Development officer.
The Annual Awards were announced as follows:
Senior Footballer - Gavin Doogan (Magheracloone) Intermediate Footballer - Kieran
McManus (Doohamlet), Junior Footballer - Declan Larkin (Corduff), Young Footballer
- Colin Walshe (Doohamlet), Senior Hurler - Seamus Loftus (Inniskeen), Young Hurler
- Martin Murphy (Inniskeen), Senior Club Official - Carl Laverty (Oram), Juvenile
Club Official - Dermot Maguire (Scotstown), Handballer of the Year - Terry Kiernan
(Carickmacross), CamogiePlayer - Shauna Finnegan (Clontibret), Ladies Footballer
- Lavina Connolly (Latton), Youth Achievement Award Football - Killanny, Youth Achievement
Award Hurling - Castleblayney HC, Hall of Fame - Jim O’Hanlon (Ballybay) and Benny
Mone (Clontibret), Special Merit Award - Liam McGrath (Castleblayney), Club of the
Year - Scotstown; and Supporters County Senior Footballer - Dick Clerkin.
Paul Curran Padraig Sherry Sean
McKenna Michael Burns
Marion Donnelly Brendan Farrell Liam Stirrat
Siobhan McQuillan John P Graham Cathal Hand
Jimmy Leonard (pictured on right here with son, Joe), attended his first County AGM
in 1947, and has given the GAA fantastic service since then. I enjoyed the great
stories he told me during the tea-break.