CYRIL FEEHILY is proving himself one of the great survivors in Sligo GAA.
At last Thursday's annual Convention in the Radisson Hotel, he was elected as Chairman of Sligo County Board for a third year following a night of high drama
The Curry man won a cliffhanger contest with former Chairman, Joe Queenan, Enniscrone, emerging with a 47-43 victory.
It was just one of a number of dramatic developments on the night with several nominees for key positions withdrawing their names.
The upshot of it all was that no Treasurer or Coaching Officer was elected and these vacancies will have to be filled by the new Executive.
Mr. Feehily, who was first elected in 2011 and last year romped to a decisive victory in a contest with Joe Taaffe, had it much tighter on this occasion but managed to hold on to Office with jsut four votes to spare over.
This year's Convention was originally due to held last month but was deferred when the Chairman asked for more time for the accounts to be audited. He maintained that the decision to defer the Convention over the accounts was not a major issue in the election contest.
Outgoing PRO, Gerry O'Connor, was elected as Secretary in succession to Padraig Duffy, who stood down under the five year rule.
There was no contest for this postion after the other two nominees, John Niland and Bernadine McGauran withdrew from the contest.
Ms. McGauran left it late to withdraw, informing delegates that she did not wish to contest the election only after the votes had been cast and just before they were counted by the tellers.
There was an election for Assistant Secretary, however, with Coolera/Strandhill representative, Cathal Martyn, defeating Bunninadden's Keith Henry by 51 votes to 39
Seamus Cronin, St. Mary's, the only nominee for Treasurer, withdrew his name, while the role of Assistant Treasurer went to Michael Leonard after the only other nominee, Joe Taaffe, withdrew from the contest.
Joe Taaffe and Lauri Quinn both withdrew from the contest for Development Officer, meaning that John McPartland snr. was elected to the role.
The two nominees for Coaching Officer, Peadar Niland and Mattie Coleman, withdrew their names and this position will now be filled by the incoming Executive.
Bernadine McGauran was elected as Irish and Cultural Officer after the only other nominee, Peter Farrell, withdrew. John Murphy withdrew from the contest for PRO, so Maurice Sweeney, was elected to the role.
Joe Queenan and Padraig Duffy were elected as Connacht Council representatives. No election was necesssary for this role as the only other nominee, Richard Brennan, withdrew.
Walter Kivlehan, Padraig Duffy and Eamon Mullen are the representatives to Connacht Convention while the Chairman and Secretary as well as Eamon Mullen and John Murphy are the delegates to National Congress