Flynn takes hot seat in Waterford

FORMER Waterford goalkeeper Pat Flynn will take over as chairman of the County Board at convention on December 15.

Flynn, the sole candidate for the position, will replace Paddy Joe Ryan, who is standing down after a memorable ten-year term of office.

Flynn is the current vice-chairman of the board and also chairman of the East Waterford Divisional Board, a role he will be vacating.

There will now be a head-to-head for the vice-chair between outgoing county Bord Na nÓg chairman Pat Grant of Fourmileweater and Dungarvan’s Paddy Fitzgerald, a former treasurer of the West Divisional Board.

Ryan will be seeking to retain his position as Munster Council representative along with the second outgoing officer, Tommy Hennessy of Kill. Both however will have to withstand the challenge of Anthony Walsh, the long serving secretary of the West Board.

One other contest is also assured, with well-known referee Donal Ó Murhcu of Ring battling against outgoing Irish officer Séamas Ó hAonghusa of Mount Sion.

Outgoing officers being returned unopposed include secretary Seamas Grant of Mount Sion, treasurer Tony Morrissey, Central Council representative Seamas O’Brien of Abbeyside/Ballinacourty, PRO John Jackson of Ballyduff Upper, Development Officer John O’Leary of Ballyduff Lower, and Games Development Officer Pat Moore of Abbeyside/Ballinacourty.

John Jackson is not standing as a candidate for secretary, which clears the way for the re-election of Seamas Grant for a record 36th successive year, making him the longest serving county secretary in the country.

Seamas O’Brien’s re-election as Central Council representative is also noteworthy, in that he is now the elder statesman of that body and also the Management Committee.

The audited accounts for the year will be finalised within days, but all the indications are that 2004 will have been a near record financial year for the board.

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