The Leitrim GAA convention took place earlier this evening in the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon. The Bush Hotel was confirmed as the sponsor of the county senior football team for an additional period of two years.
In his final address to convention, the County treasurer Brian Gordon was in the position to report a surplus of income over expenditure to the sum of 5,471 Euro. Mr Gordon who stepped down tonight from his position after four years in the post received a number glowing tributes from delegates. Leitrim Team Administration costs went up from 324,257 Euro in 2015 to 378,101 in 2016.
County Board Chairman Terrance Boyle reflected back on a difficult year both on and off the field. The former minor Board chairman is now entering his third year at the helm of the senior board and paid tribute to the work that was carried out by the various management teams in 2016. He looked forward with a degree of optimism to 2017 and wished the new management team every success for the year ahead. Hurling has always struggled in Leitrim however the situation deteriorated further in 2016 with Gortleteragh Hurling folding and Ballinamore Sean O’ Heslins also finding it difficult to field teams. The chairman urged all involved to increase their efforts to make sure that hurling survives in the County.
On finance matters Terrance Boyle admitted that Leitrim are not in a good position. He informed delegates that there were huge challenges ahead on this front, and also expressed his frustration at the County Board having no replacement for Brian Gordon as they are about to embark on a new and no doubt challenging year. He confirmed that nominations will be sought once again from the clubs of the County for this demanding position.
There were no elections for any positions on the county executive so the Leitrim top table remains the same as 2015 with the exception of Brian Gordon who stepped down as treasurer.
All motions as regards competitions will be discussed at the first County Board meeting of the new year (which will take place on Thursday evening)
One motion from Allen Gaels that proposed deducting clubs two pionts when they fail to field for a fixture. The Drumshanbo club proposed that the pionts be deducted in the following year’s league campaign was rejected after much debate by the delegates present at the convention.