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ó Fearghail elected as first Cavan president of the GAA

THE GAA will have its first ever Cavan president after Aogán Ó Fearghail last night romped to victory at annual Congress in Croke Park.

The former Ulster Council chairman won the race to become the association's 38th president after he outpolled Wexford's Sheamus Howlin and Kerry's Seán Walsh. He will serve as president-elect for the next 12 months before taking over from the incumbent, Liam O'Neill, at next year's Congress.

Last night's total ballot was 310, and Ó Fearghail won convincingly on the first count with more than 50pc of the vote.

He garnered the support of 170 delegates, followed by Howlin (83) and Walsh (57).

On the team news front, Kilkenny have made five changes for tomorrow's Allianz Hurling League Division 1A showdown at home to arch rivals Tipperary.

Brian Cody recalls Kieran Joyce, Brian Hogan and Tommy Walsh, while Willie Phelan replaces Conor Fogarty at corner-back. Lester Ryan reverts to midfield while TJ Reid returns as corner-forward at the expense of Eoin Larkin.

Meanwhile, the so-called 'Anthony Nash rule' won't be debated by Congress, after all.

It has been withdrawn from today's Clár and, instead, Central Council will give an interpretation of Rule 4.25 in due course.

KILKENNY (SH v Tipperary): D Herity; W Phelan, K Joyce, B Kennedy; J Holden, B Hogan, T Walsh; L Ryan, P Walsh; W Walsh, C Fennelly, H Shefflin; JJ Farrell, M Kelly, TJ Reid.