Boland to lead new era in Offaly

Padraig Boland is the new chairman of Offaly GAA.

Boland was elected last night in front of a packed county convention in the new clubhouse facilities of new Leinster club hurling champions Kilcormac/Killoughey.

The Ferbane club man fended off stiff competition from his namesake, but no relation, Martin Boland and came out the right side of a vote, by 67 votes to 49. The position became available as outgoing chairman Pat Teehan had his five-year spell reached.

Teehan served the Faithful County executive with great honour during his tenure and he spoke very highly off all players, managers and executives that he encountered in his reign as chairman and said that all decision made while he was chairman were made with Offaly’s best interest at heart.

Padraig Boland makes the step up from vice-chairman and reaches the top of the ladder having first served as PRO seven years ago. He spoke of the great honour it was to be chairman of Offaly GAA and paid tribute to Pat Teehan by saying that “no man has giving more time to Offaly GAA”.

Boland’s election was one of many shake ups at the top table. Gracefield’s Tommy Byrne replaces Martin Boland as secretary while outgoing PRO, Niall Murphy, had to pull out of the race at the 11th hour due to personal reasons and the position of PRO will now been referred to the January meeting of the Offaly County Board.

Host club Kilcormac/Killoughey were awarded the annual club of the year award in a year where they not only won their first Leinster hurling title but also claimed their first ever Offaly senior hurling title.

The convention passed without any major incident as Offaly now look to move on and rebuild on and off the field.

Meanwhile, Conor Tormey of the Donaghmore/Ashbourne club was elected as the new chairman of the Meath county board at last night’s convention in Navan.

Tormey replaces Barney Allen, who had to step down after his five years tenure was up.

Tormey defeated former chairman Brendan Dempsey by 100 votes to 79. Outgoing treasurer Pat Clerkin was eliminated on the first count.


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