O’Sullivan elected secretary

LAST night’s Kerry convention in Tralee was noteworthy for the election of a new secretary and the first woman member of the executive.

Former referee and ex-PRO Eamonn O'Sullivan was the unanimous choice as secretary in succession to Tony O'Keeffe, who opted out after 17 years in the job following his appointment as principal of Tralee CBS.

Similarly, there was no contest for the position of coaching officer, which will be filled by Bernie Reen from the Rathmore club.

Tributes were paid to Mr O'Keefe, who made an emotional departure after taking over as secrtary the year after he was married.

Teddy O'Sullivan (elected on the first count) will be joined on the Munster Council by Peter Twiss from Milltown/Castlemaine, who is Servicing Officer with the Second level schools. He replaces Derry Murphy, who lost 104/87 to Peter Twiss in the fourth count after North Board chairman Der O'Connor had been eliminated.

Liam Cotter defeated Gaeltacht secretary Seamus Ó Luing by 137 votes to 93 in the election for the position of cultural officer, which was vacated by Derry Murphy.

Sean Barry (Aunascaul) questioned the small amount of grants and team expenses paid out by the Central Council relative to the huge gates generated in the All-Ireland series. In response, Tony O'Keeffe said Central Council was funding a massive development in Croke Park and also paid out significant grants to club and county grounds. He revealed the qualifier series this year (up to the quarter-finals) generated 1m less than last year.

Officers: Chairman S. Walsh; Vice-Chairman J. Conway; Secretary E. O'Sullivan; Joint Treasurers J. McMahon and J. Coffey; Development Officer P. O'Sullivan; Youth Officer M. McCarthy; Cultural Officer L. Cotter; PRO W. O'Connor; Coaching Officer B. Reen; Munster Council delegates T. O'Sullivan and P. Twiss;

Central Council delegate G. McKenna.

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