Convention news round-up

The motions

There was nothing too controversial on the motions front. A motion from the Co Committee that would have seen the Northern Board abolished was defeated after a  number of clubs strongly defended the role of the Northern Board and it’s work.

  A motion from St. Joseph’s that would require a goalkeeper to kick out the ball within 15 seconds of placing the ball on the kicking tee was passed and there were other motions with regard to underage competitions up for discussion and they will be raised again in the new year. Kilmore had a motion that would change the format of the All-Ireland SFC and introduce a second tier competition, and that was passed. That will go to Congress in early 2016, and a motion from St. Dominic’s that would increase the number of regraded players from four to six was also carried.

The elections

There were four elections as follows: Vice Chairman: Sean Flanagan 64, Padraig Naughton 78 (elected). Treasurer: Seamus Maher 74 (elected) Joe Gilligan 71. Connacht Council (two positions): First count: Michael McGuire 32, Seamus Regan 18, Sean Mullaney 44, Anthony Flaherty 46, Regan eliminated. Second count: Michael McGuire (+4) 36, Sean Mullanney (+10) 54, Anthony Flaherty (+4) 50. Mullaney and Flaherty (elected). Central Council: John Corcoran 88, Noel Collins 57.

2016 Executive: Chairman: Seamus Sweeney, Vice Chairman; Padraig Naughton, Secretary: Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary: Valerie Murray, Treasurer: Seamus Maher, Assistant Treasurer: Seamus Nugent, Development Officer: Thomas Murray, Coaching Officer: Sean Kilbride, Irish and Culture Officer: Michael Gunn, PRO Hugh Lynn, Connacht Council (2) Sean Mullaney and Anthony Flaherty, Central Council: John Corcoran.

The accounts

The year’s accounts showed a surplus of €27,690 after an expenditure during the year of over €1.5 million. Gate receipts were up from €168,000 in 2014 to €194,500 this year while Club Rossie income was much the same at €391,355. It cost €717,097 on all county teams in 2015 which is up €33,000 on the figure in 2014. Most of the increase was accounted for under the travelling expenses heading.

Club Rossie

David Layden made a presentation on behalf of Club Rossie and outlined plans for 2016 and included are a major fund raiser being organised in conjunction with the Roscommon trip to New York in May. There will also be another major draw in 2016 and other member benefits to be announced early in the new year. Mr. Leyden said that the Club Rossie project is only two years in operation and it was a resounding success and they had a lot of ambitious plans for the future.

Save Roscommon

Ger Aherne made a presentation on behalf of the Save Roscommon Group. Mr. Aherne claimed that the plans by Minister Kelly to put a large area of south county Roscommon into Westmeath for administrative purposes would have serious implications for the GAA in Roscommon and for the St Brigid’s and Clann na nGael clubs in particular.

  Mr Aherne said that the move, if successful, would affect up to 7,500 people and would have serious future implications for Roscommon county teams. He appealed to clubs to put this matter on their agenda and to raise it will local public representatives and others of influence. He said he would be appealing to GAA people to attend a major public meeting on the issue which will be held early in the new year.

  Thanks to St. Dominic’s GAA club for their hospitality on Saturday at the convention.