ULSTER GAA CONVENTION: MCAVINEY, CONNOLLY IN THE SPOTLIGHT

22 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY JOHN GRAHAM
ast Saturday’s Ulster GAA Convention in St Michaels College Enniskillen was by and large pretty run-of-the-mill although there were one or two things that lifted it above the ordinary. A new president was installed with Martin McAviney taking over the office from the outgoing President Aogan Farrell who had completed his three year term. Martin is also the first president of the Council from Monaghan in over 41 years and it was celebration on the double for Monaghan as John Connolly, a former Monaghan county board chairman was elected as PRO to succeed Oliver Galligan who now moves up to the post of Treasurer.

Martin McAviney spoke of the great honour it was for him and his family and the Ballybay club that he was being installed as President of the provincial council. He outlined his career in the GAA from taking up the post of club secretary in Ballybay in 1983 and spoke also of his time with the Ulster Council since he first joined that body in 1987. He was “deeply indebted” he said to his “club and county”, mentioning in particular people like the late Francie McAtavie and Paddy O’Rourke who would have inspired him with their zeal “for the giving of service”. He also mentioned two former officers of Monaghan county board who were in attendance, Liam Stirrat and JP Graham for their help to him over the years and then went on to pay tribute to his family, his mother who was present and his late father who was a dedicated GAA man and had left such a rich GAA legacy in …

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