Hogan throws hat into presidential ring
FORMER Tipperary chairman Con Hogan has become the second man to throw his hat into the ring to succeed Christy Cooney as GAA president in 2012.
Even though voting for the prestigious position of president-elect is just seven months away, it has been a one-horse race up until yesterday, with only Liam O'Neill of Laois previously declaring his interest.
But Hogan has now formally declared himself a contender and it is believed that another Leinster candidate and at least one from Ulster will emerge in the coming month.
It is rumoured that Wexford's Seamus Howlin and Donegal's Tom Daly could declare their interest and that there might also be a second candidate from Ulster when voting takes place at Congress in Mullingar next April.
Hogan is a GAA trustee and a member of the management committee at Croke Park. He spearheaded the recent multi-million refurbishments of Semple Stadium and is the chairman of the Thurles venue's management committee.
He said he had been urged by a number of people to put his name forward.
"I have agreed to do so and will be seeking support for my candidacy. I will gauge the level of that support through the coming months," Hogan said.
The last Tipperary man to become GAA president was the late Seamus O Riain of Moneygall, who was elected in 1967.
Former Leinster chairman O'Neill was runner-up to Christy Cooney -- losing out by 60 votes -- in the GAA's last presidential election and immediately announced his intention to run again to replace Cooney in 2012.
There were three candidates for the presidency in 2008, while it was a straight head-to-head between Cooney and Nickey Brennan in 2005, when the Kilkenny man won on a 171-154 vote.