Sunday 18 March 2018

Kelly considers local elections

GAA hero Colin Kelly is considering running in next year’s local elections.
GAA hero Colin Kelly is considering running in next year’s local elections.

Hubert Murphy

ONE of Louth's best ever GAA players is considering running in the local elections next May.

Colin Kelly has been in discussions with Fianna Fail officials in recent weeks with a view to seeking a nomination to go to convention. No date has been set as yet and Kelly admits he is still considering the proposal.

'First of all, it was an honour to be considered and I can say I'm looking at it,' he confirmed. 'I have spoken at length with party officials about it and we'll see what happens.'

Kelly has become one of the most successful GAA managers locally in recent times, managing both the Dreadnots and O'Raghallaigh's to Intermediate glory. He also helped the Louth under 21s to a rare Leinster decider.

Living in Clogherhead for a number of years, it's still not certain if he would run in the South Louth or Mid-Louth area, but with the seaside village now in the Mid-Louth catchment area, that could be his base.

Kelly is widely regarded as one of the county's most high profile players, playing in the Louth minors at 15 and selected in the Louth senior squad by Frank Lynch for a league game against Galway just past his 17th birthday. He went on to enjoy a career spanning more than a decade.

He began his career with the O'Raghallaigh's before joining the Newtown Blues and helping them to a number of successes. In later years he lined out with the Dreadnots before going in to management.

Last year he coached Meath club, St. Colmcilles.

'As I've said, there's nothing confirmed in relation to the elections. It is a massive commitment but is something I have a big interest in.

'If I take this on, I would have to give it 100 per cent so I have to look at all aspects of my life, family and football.'

Drogheda Independent