THE NEW GAA season is not even under way, but Faythe Harriers hurling club has been left in turmoil following the resignations of two of its leading officers.
Just a short few weeks after being re-elected, Paud Browne and Ann Slaven, Chairman and Secretary respectively, have relinquished their posts in controversial circumstances after the club's most successful year for some time.
Following a very successful Annual General Meeting of the adult section of the club, the Coiste na nOg held their annual gathering a short time later, when long-serving Chairman, Justin Browne, did not seek re-election.
Browne's post at the helm of Coiste na nOg affairs in the club was filled by Eoin O Donnagáin, but to the surprise of many, the Secretary, Brian Gordon, who looked set to be re-elected, was opposed by Pat Henebery, the club's P.R.O., on the proposal of the incoming Chairman. Henebery was the winner of the election, leaving a complete change at the top table.
But many present believe that what followed led to the shock resignations which have left the club in turmoil.
The atmosphere had become tense as the club followed with its policy of having two members elected from the floor to act on a committee along with three officers to elect managers and selectors for the under-age section for the 2013 season.
There were four nominations for the two posts - Paud Browne, Seán Murphy (Vice-Chairman), Peter Cassin and Joe Hore. Following a vote, Cassin and Hore were elected to the committee, leaving no place for Browne, despite the fact that he was adult club Chairman, and already on a committee to select managers and selectors for adult level.
But the counting of votes had hardly finished when many members realised the seriousness of what had happened.
Both senior club officers were returned unopposed at their A.G.M., after a year that saw the club reach the Senior final, win the Under-21 title, while also move up to Division 1 in all grades of under-age - clearly a signal that the club had regained its stature as a leading force in the county, with Paud Browne and Ann Slaven both having key roles through their unstinting work over the past number of years.
But when the under-age section failed to get behind Browne, it was a clear signal that the club was not one hundred per cent supportive of a man whom they were mandated to work under.
A few nights later the club was rocked right back on its heels when Browne announced to a committee meeting that he was resigning from his position as Chairman.
Browne informed the committee that in view of what had happened at the Coiste na nOg annual meeting, he was left with no option but to resign as he hadn't the support of the under-age section. Members were further shocked when Secretary, Ann Slaven, also resigned in support of Browne.
Instead of planning ahead for the 2013 campaign, the club has been left to pick up the pieces, and seek out a new Chairman and Secretary.
Now an Extraordinary General Meeting will be held to elect their replacements.