21 February 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard


DRUMGOON man Aogán Farrell — or Ó Fearghail, as the Gaelic language devotee prefers to be identified — is in an obviously upbeat frame of mind going into this weekend’s GAA Annual Congress, where he is bidding to be the first Cavan man elected to the Presidency of the Association.

While the former Ulster Council president, who turn 55 this month, is avoiding the pitfall of being seen to be over confident, he says he is hopeful of a positive outcome and agrees that he has more than a “fighting chance”.

“I’ve spoken at this stage to all the counties, and I feel a lot of them are sharing the type of thinking I’ve been sharing with them, Mr Ó Fearghail told the Northern Standard last Saturday morning — as he and the rest of the clan were getting set to head to Newry for yet another day at the game, this time to see St Vincent’s of Dublin take on Derry’s Ballinderry in the AIB All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

Indeed, the role of family in the GAA is central to some of the very ideas he has been putting forward since the campaign started in earnest when he was nominated by the Cavan Co Board (and securing the support of the Ulster Council) last September.

There’s nothing unique about himself, Frances and the four kids (not children any longer!) heading off to a match, he emphasises. For Aogán, “GAA families” is the way it is now — and the way it should be.

“I think that needs to be promoted and encouraged. In that regard, we have …

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