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Donnelly takes the Antrim top post

By Declan Bogue

Antrim have a new-look county board in place after Monday night's County Convention.

A group of concerned Antrim Gaels, who operated under the banner of 'Saffron Vision' put forward eight candidates at the meeting in the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim. They got six of the eight on county board positions.

With chairman Jim Murray stepping down from his role with his five-year term complete, Collie Donnelly won the vote for top job, 88-51 over Joe Edwards.

Other members of the group who gained a portfolio were Malachy Delargy, who comes in as vice-chairman. Terry Reilly became the assistant secretary, winning his vote 87-51.

Pol McCana comes in as treasurer, defeating Billy McLarnon in a tighter contest 77-62.

Philip Christie was elected as a delegate to Central Council, while Ulster Council delegates' role went to Alex McQuillan along with Jim McClean.

Only two members of the group - Brendan Mulgrew who was contesting the role of PRO, and John Hart who was going for Irish Language and Cultural Officer, failed to secure their roles.

Frankie Quinn, secretary of the Antrim county board, had some strong views over what he felt was some heavy electioneering in the weeks leading up to convention.

In his annual report he implored delegates: "Over the past few weeks the levels of electioneering within the county have reached unprecedented levels and in other circumstances I would have viewed that as a healthy state of affairs, but in this instance I'm not so sure.

"...I would implore delegates to vote for the person they feel is best equipped for the job. The All-Ireland champions don't expect to gain all 15 positions on an All-Star team."

Meanwhile, the GAA have confirmed that the Inter-provincial Championships, which were postponed last weekend, will not take place this week.

Instead, the competition will be found a home after the next Central Competitions Control Committee meeting on January 12th.

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