FORMER County chairman Barney Allen's 35 years of unbroken service on the county committee came to an end when he failed to secure one of the two Leinster Council posts at Monday night's adjourned convention in Arás Tailteann.
Allen secured 83 votes on the second count and lost out to the outgoing Brian Carberry (St Vincent's) and Francis Lynch (Kiltale) who got 127 and 108 votes respectively and were both elected.
There was some confusion as to the process of electing the two candidates, however. Chairman Conor Tormey deemed Brian Carberry elected after the second count and it was only after the intervention of Simonstown delegate Gerry Fitzpatrick that Lynch was also declared elected. Carberry had topped the poll after the first count with 99 votes, ahead of Francis Lynch (75), Barney Allen (73) and Cyril Creavin (67).
The Rathkenny club man was first elected to the county committee in 1978 as fixtures secretary and then took over as secretary from the long-serving Liam Creavin, before eventually becoming chairman. A number of delegates paid tribute to his long service at county level and there were suggestions that former chairpersons of the county committee should become ex-officio members for at least one year after they leave office.
The other defeated candidate, Cyril Creavin (Dunshaughlin), who stepped down as secretary due to the five-year rule, was also the recipient of warm tributes.
Another former chairman, Brendan Dempsey, was elected to the vacant position of treasurer. The Trim club man succeeds Pat Clerkin, who stepped down at convention, after a five-year term. Dempsey was elected unopposed after the other four nominees for the position - Noel Dempsey (Trim), Cathal Joyce (Clann na nGael), Peter Meehan (Gaeil Colmcille) and Cyril Creavin (Dunshaughlin) - withdrew from the race. The post had been vacant after all those nominated for the position withdrew from the race at convention.
Dempsey said he wasn't sure if he was delighted to get the position, but said he would give it his best shot to get finances back on track and appealed for management and clubs to work together. Johnny Purfield (St Patrick's) remarked that if clubs knew the extent of the debt the county was in, the Pairc Tailteann Development Draw would have been a bigger success.
Eamonn Barry was returned as coaching officer after being declared ineligible to contest the position 12 months ago because he wasn't a fully paid-up member in Croke Park. He defeated his predecessor PJ Cudden by 97 votes to 60.
The position had been held over from convention due to further membership problems, this time surrounding the outgoing Cudden.
Barney Allen, who chaired the adjourned convention, said the Meath county committee had sought clarification on the matter from both Croke Park and Leinster Council before deciding that Cudden should be allowed to seek re-election.
The first county committee meeting of the year was held following the adjourned convention where a number of sub committees were ratified.
The CCCC will consist of Peter O'Halloran (chairman), Jimmy Henry (secretary and fixtures), Mairead Delaney (disciplinary secretary), Anthony Monaghan, Martin Curran, Barney Allen and John Kavanagh.
The Fé 18 committee consists of John Kavanagh (chairman), Donal Forde (secretary) from Slane who succeeds Peter O'Halloran, Ultan Fitzpatrick (PRO) and Ken McKenna (minor hurling chairman).
The meeting was then adjourned to a later date when regulations will be considered.