THERE will be two elections for positions to the Executive of the Kerry County Committee at this year's Annual Convention following the passing of the deadline for nominations for the positions of Munster Council Delegates, Scór and Cultural Officer, Hurling Officer and PRO last Friday.
All four positions have to be vacated by the incumbents due to the 'five year rule' and in the case of the positions of PRO and Cultural Officer, both of those positions will be filled uncontested.
Spa and St Pats East Kerry's John O'Leary ( right) succeeds Maureen O'Shea as the new PRO having previous served as East Kerry PRO from 1998 to 2008 and Secretary of the County's PR and Marketing Committee in the recent past, while Leona Twiss takes over from Diarmuid Ó Sé as the county's new Scór and Cultural Officer. She has previously served as the Mid Kerry (2008) and Coiste Na nOg (2009-2011) PRO and was more recently involved in the County's Coaching and Games Development Committee.
West Kerry Board Secretary Derry Murphy from Dingle had also been nominated for the position, but he has since withdrawn from the race meaning Mrs Twiss is elected unopposed. The positions of both Munster Council Delegates and Hurling Officer will be contested, however, with a total of six names going for the two provincial council seats being vacated by Willie O'Connor and Bernie Reen and three looking to take over from Joe Walsh as the county's Hurling Officer.
Both Walsh and Diarmuid Ó Sé are looking for election to the position along with Milltown / Castlemaine's Mike McCarthy, who served as Coaching Officer up until last year before losing out for the position of Vice-Chairman to Spa's Ger Galvin at last year's convention.
The other three nominees are seeking election to the County Executive for the first time: Finuge's Christy Killeen was previously defeated for the position by a narrow margin back in 2009, while former Laune Rangers Club Chairman Joe Crowley and North Kerry Hurling Board PRO, Ger Doyle from Abbeydorney are also running for the position.
The position of Hurling Officer will be contested between Causeway's Ger McCarthy, Ladies Walk's Tadgh O'Halloran and Seamus O'Regan from Kilmoyley.
Ballot Papers for the two elections will be distributed to the club's from next Monday (November 19) with the counting of votes taking place at the Annual Convention itself in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee on Monday, December 10.
Meanwhile the deadline has also passed for motions for the County's Fixtures Meeting on Monday, December 3, which will deal with all County Board competitions for 2013.