Joe Hannigan was last night elected as Tipperary’s new football board chairman.
Hannigan, father of Tipp senior footballer George, has stepped up from vice-chairman to succeed Noel Morris in the top post.
Shannon Rovers club man Hannigan defeated Michael Power, the outgoing board secretary, by 122 votes to 79.
Hannigan, a former Tipperary county hurler, addressed a huge attendance at the Anner Hotel in Thurles following his election and targeted a Munster senior title during his term of office.
Hannigan, one of the masterminds behind an historic county SFC success for Thomas MacDonaghs in 2011, insisted: “Looking to the years ahead, Tipperary football is in a really good place. A Munster title is within our grasp and, by extension, an All-Ireland. But club football needs to improve.”
Meanwhile, outgoing chairman Morris slammed RTÉ for not providing enough results coverage of GAA games from around the country.
He said: “With the GAA results on TV, they’ll read out a few inter-county (results) and tell you that the rest of the results can be read online.
“With county finals so precious to every county and every team taking part, to say that RTÉ don’t have five minutes to read the results of county matches, surely to God (GAA president) Liam O’Neill and (chief executive) Pauric Duffy should bring this to their attention.”
Morris also insisted the current Tipperary county senior hurling championship system, in its current guise, “cannot continue”. County board chiefs are currently revisiting the championship structures, and the situation will be discussed in January.
Election of officers: Chairman: Joe Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Vice-Chairman: Hugh Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy), Secretary: JJ Crowley (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), PRO: PJ Leahy (Moyne-Templetuohy).
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