Skelly kick-starts race for GAA presidency
Published 17/12/2015 | 02:30
Longford's Martin Skelly has announced his intention to run for the right to succeed Aoghán ó Fearghail as GAA president, writes Donnchadh Boyle.
Cashel clubman Skelly was formally proposed at Longford county convention last week and is the first person to put their hat in the ring to become the Association's 39th president.
Skelly has served in a variety of roles at county and provincial level down through the years.
From 2011-'13 he was the Leinster Council chairperson having previously served as vice-chair of the province.
He also served as Longford County Board chairman for a spell.
And Skelly insists he has been blown away by the positive reaction to his decision to run.
"I have been overwhelmed by the goodwill and messages of support that I have received from everyone," Skelly said.
Longford are one of ten counties that have yet to see a GAA president with the vote to decide Cavan native ó Fearghail's successor setto take place at Congress in early 2017.
ó Fearghail beat off Wexford's Sheamus Howlin and Kerry's Sean Walsh in last year's race for the presidency.