Seven new officers were elected at the GAA Northeast board’s annual convention in the Boyne Pub on Jan. 24 attended by officers and delegates from 24 clubs. With a total of 65 votes, Chairman John McDevitt was returned unopposed.
Vice Chairman Pat Mulvihill, who has done yeoman work in the past, decided to step down. His seat was contested by Pat Bligh and Martin Keane, with Pat Bligh coming out on top.
After 15 years, Bridie Joyce decided that she would also step down. Mike Molloy stepped up to the plate.
Joan Reen, assistant secretary, was succeeded by Tara McManus.
Martin Gallagher was unopposed as treasurer. He will have an assistant treasurer this year to help with the heavy load. Connie McElleaney takes over as the assistant treasurer.
Joe Lydon sent shock waves through those in attendance when he decided not to seek the seat as registrar. It could be stated that Joe has played a major part in putting the Northeast Board where it is today. Two candidates decided to run for registrar, both named Michael Coyne. The winner was Michael Coyne, Cork Football Club who defeated his namesake from The Shannon Blues Football Club.
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Connie Kelly was returned as public relations officer and Donnie Kenneally was returned as youth officer.
There were three trustees elected: Martin Keane, followed by Mickey Coyne of the Shannon Blues, and Jim Grogan, from Tipperary Hurling Club.
This year the board hopes to move to its new headquarters at The Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Mass.