Louth GAA Convention

Des Halpenny re-elected as Louth County Board chairman after narrow victory over Bob Doheny at tonight's convention in Darver

Louth GAA Convention

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Des Halpenny re-elected as Louth County Board chairman after narrow victory over Bob Doheny at tonight's convention in Darver

Darver Centre of Excellence.

Des Halpenny was tonight re-elected to serve his fifth and final year as Louth County Board chairman.

The John Mitchel's man held off Bob Doheny (St. Kevin's) narrowly, 67 votes to 53, in what was the first real challenge to his term in office.

Doheny was also nominated for the vice-secretary's void, held by Seán Carroll, but subsequently pulled out leaving the Ardee, St. Mary's clubman in place for another year.

Another St. Kevin's delegate, David Rogers did likewise in the race against Paddy McMahon (Sean O'Mahony's) for the vice-chairman's role, who will duly serve his second year in the position.

Naomh Mairtin's Aidan Berrill is to continue as treasurer for a 10th year in succession and secretary Fra Kieran (Clan na Gael) was elected unchallenged for a fifth campaign, while Pat Toner (Dowdallshill, Central Council delegate), Clodagh McClean (Hunterstown Rovers, Irish Language Officer), Paul Aspell (Dreadnots, Coaching & Games Officer) and Aidan Halpin (Mattock Rangers, vice-treasurer) were each returned without opposition.

Sean McDermotts' Dermot Clarke was re-elected as Children's Officer. Former County Board chairman Pádraig O'Connor (St. Patrick's) and O'Connells' Declan Byrne will once again represent Louth at Leinster Council.

Alongside Halpenny and Kieran, Byrne (85 votes) and Rogers (72 votes) will attend National Congress, having pipped McMahon, who finished with 67 votes.

McMahon, Kieran, Doheny and Clan na Gael's Maurice Harrison, along with O'Connor and Byrne, are to attend provincial congress on Louth's behalf, following Halpenny's withdrawal.