Wednesday 20 November 2019

Lilies chief facing unexpected challenge

Ger Donnelly is facing a challenge to his position as Kildare GAA Chairman
Ger Donnelly is facing a challenge to his position as Kildare GAA Chairman
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kildare chairman Ger Donnelly may be in the position less than a year but he is already facing a challenge as former county footballer Dermot Reilly declares his intention to run ahead of the forthcoming convention.

Reilly, from the Carbury club, played for Kildare for a decade between 1974 and '84.

He had been heavily involved in supporters club activity as vice-chairman until recently and has a strong background in accountancy and finance as a partner with PwC.

Reilly is understood to be keen to initiate a new drive to improve Kildare GAA's ailing finances, which have been compounded by heavy debt for much of the last decade.

The county has needed significant lifelines from Croke Park and Leinster Council in recent years to stay afloat.

Improvements to the county ground in Newbridge, St Conleth's Park, will also be high on his agenda.

Donnelly (left) ousted his predecessor John McMahon in a vote at last year's convention.

Meanwhile Derry's Chrissy McKaigue has ruled himself out of the International Rules Test next month because of ongoing club commitments.

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"I've been with Joe (Kernan) for the last two or three years (with Ulster) and he's been more than accommodating, but I just cannot get a free weekend.

"They're maybe going to have to look at scheduling it at a different time of year because if you're from a strong club, you can't really get a right crack at it."

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