Updated: 19/12/11 : 04:35:56
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Feehily retains Sligo GAA chair

County Board Chairman Cyril Feehily concluded his first year in office by seeing off the challenge of the highly respected St Michael's clubman and Connacht Council treasurer Joe Taaffe.

There was little good news to report to the Convention given the poor performances of the County teams and the not insignificant deficit recorded in the annual accounts.

An Cathaoirleach explained in his address that his priorities in 2011 had been to deal with urgent issues such as the Completion of the “Strategic plan”, the appointment of ASAP and Child protection officers and dealing with historical debt and creditors.

He told the delegates that he hoped to be in a position to name at least one new major County Sponsor before Christmas while also indicating a preference for a multi-sponsorship model as used successfully by other Counties. Fundraising initiatives would only succeed if they were to benefit both club and county as joint ventures.

The loss recorded this year was similar to the bottom line recorded in 2008. While the chairman was confident that this deficit would be dealt with also, he promised that it would be the last one recorded in the annual accounts during his term.

Officers would be asked to prepare job descriptions for potential members of their sub committees in order to recruit the best volunteers available for these posts, people who might become officers themselves in due course. This is one of the actions contained in the strategic plan.

The Chairman alluded to the fact that the Senior, Minor and u21 management teams for both football and hurling at County level had been ratified at the earliest possible stage and that most of these panels were at present involved in some sort of gym work; this he regarded this as one of the major achievements of 2011.

When the votes were counted the incumbent achieved 58 votes out of a valid poll of 97 so it appears that the delegates are keeping faith with the Curry man for another year at least!