Kennedy to become Rebels' first female chief
Tracey Kennedy will become the first female chairperson of the Cork County Board after she was the only person confirmed for the role when nominations closed.
Kennedy, who has served as vice-chairperson for the last three years, having previously been PRO, will succeed Ger Lane at next month's convention. She follows Roisin Jordan who was the first chairwoman of any county board when she took over in Tyrone in 2014.
One of Kennedy's chief tasks in 2018 will be to oversee the process of replacing long-serving board secretary Frank Murphy who is to serve one more year in the role with a process to appoint a new secretary listed to get under way in June.
Once Kennedy took over as vice-chairperson in 2014, having beaten Richard Murphy by 467 to 268 in a vote, she was always likely to be unchallenged in stepping up to the main role.
Pearse Murphy's announcement that he will not stand for re-election as treasurer, having served almost 20 years in the role, will mean a contest between John Feeney (Dripsey), Diarmuid Gowen (Fermoy), Kieran McGann (Castlelyons) John O'Flynn (Freemount) and Marc Sheehan (Aghabullogue).
The vice-chairperson role will also be a contest between outgoing development officer Richard Murphy, Noel O'Callaghan and outgoing coaching officer Kevin O'Donovan.