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Mayo GAA chairman Liam Moffatt

Mayo GAA chairman Liam Moffatt

Mayo GAA chairman Liam Moffatt

Mayo GAA chairman Liam Moffatt has decided to step down after just two years in the county board hot seat.

Moffatt’s imminent departure, announced at a meeting of the Mayo executive on Monday night, qualifies as something of a bombshell.

The Crossmolina native, a physiotherapist by profession, previously played for his home club and Mayo at all levels.

He will vacate office at Mayo’s annual convention towards the end of the year, the news confirmed in a short county board statement issued by PRO John Walker. “At a meeting of Coiste Bainistí tonight our chairperson Liam Moffatt informed the officers of the board that he will not be seeking a nomination for a third term as chairperson of Mayo GAA at our upcoming convention,” the statement began.

“The chairperson indicated that his decision was based on business and personal reasons. I would ask that our chairman be given the respect he deserves for making a very difficult decision.

“Nominations for convention will be sent out by Mayo GAA to clubs in the coming weeks. Once nominations have been submitted, they will be communicated to the clubs.”

Moffatt had replaced Mike Connelly upon the latter’s completion of his five-year term in December 2019, but his relatively short tenure has been hugely complicated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant wave of restrictions.

He has still seen Mayo reach back-to-back All-Ireland SFC finals, both ending in further painful defeat.

The 47-year-old’s decision has been flagged locally as a surprise, given the long-term plans he had outlined during his successful campaign to win the chair.

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