15 December 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The playing season for Monaghan clubs may have only finished last Sunday week with the finals of the senior and intermediate football leagues and Inniskeen’s demise in the final of the Ulster club intermediate football championship, but already the 2015 season is up and running, County Convention on Thursday evening last in the Hillgrove hotel, Monaghan, launching the new year and the new playing season.

There was probably less than a 100% turnout of club delegates on the night but the various items on the agenda were conducted in a very businesslike fashion by County Board Chairman Paraic Sherry, who was hosting his first County Convention as Chairman of the County Board.

In the final analysis though there was little by way of debate but then the year just finished was one that was described by both the Chairman and the Secretary as a very successful one with the fortunes of the County team setting the standard, although the only silverware was the National Football League division 2 title. The accounts for the year showed a surplus of income over expenditure which made for a healthy situation although the County Treasurer did highlight a number of areas that needed to be examined very closely going forward.

It was a Convention, too, that passed without the need for an election although two positions on the Management Committee will have to be filled at a County committee meeting early in the New Year as there were no candidates for the positions of Development Officer, vacated by Gerry McDonald of Donaghmoyne under the five-year rule and that of Hurling Officer, Malachy Trainor stepping down from that position.

Convention also saw the passing of a motion that will bring clarity to the whole area of first-time registration of youth players and consequently certain aspects of the transfer of players, including youth players, between clubs. Convention also approved a motion for Congress and the winners of the Annual Awards were announced.


County Secretary Anita Finnegan, in her report, highlighted certain key areas particularly achievements of the County ….


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