Bits from the Convention

Photo: Mayo GAA

The annual County Convention was held yesterday at the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport. Reports about what was discussed and decided on at it remain patchy enough, with the main source to go on the social media updates provided by Mayo GAA on the platform formally known as Twitter.

As has already been noted by others here on the blog, most of the early motions discussed yesterday (all bar one of the first fourteen of them) were “referred to CCC”. These included motions that the Convention should really have been able to decide on itself, in particular Motion 1, from Westport, calling for two up/two down promotion and relegation in the Championship.

No Twitter/X update was provided on the only vote that was scheduled to be held at the Convention, which was for the role of Coaching Officer. Former Chairman Mike Connolly was listed to be challenging Declan Reilly for that position but I’ve found out since that he withdrew in advance so no vote was held.

There wasn’t any update from Mayo GAA either on what many would have regarded in advance as the issue of most interest on the day, i.e. the Treasurer’s report, in light of the story published in the Irish Independent by Colm Keys (here) which reported that Mayo GAA’s 2023 accounts shows an amount of €119,778 recorded as being payable to creditors under “taxation”.

The Twitter updates by Mayo GAA don’t mention the Treasurer’s report at all. Oisín McGovern in the Mayo News (here) and Paul O’Malley in the Western People (here) do, though, fill in a bit of detail on what was discussed, with Treasurer Valerie Murphy describing this at the Convention as a “legacy issue” relating to Cúl Camp wages, on which the Board had made a voluntary disclosure to the Revenue Commissioners. The Treasurer added that a further update would be provided to delegates once the revenue case had been settled.

We’re planning on covering this issue on the podcast this week so club members should watch out for that.

The Convention was also informed that the Mayo GAA website has had a makeover. You can view it here.

This is a welcome and, to be honest, a well overdue refresh and the new design looks good. Hopefully it’ll mean that club fixtures and results will now be readily discoverable on the website. The jumbled mess that anyone looking for these details was forced to navigate was such a pain so it’s good that this has now been consigned to history.

I haven’t yet downloaded the smartphone app that was also unveiled yesterday but will do so when I get a chance. That also sounds like a good idea.

Another website unveiled yesterday was that of Beo Mayo (which is here). An initiative spearheaded by Mayo History Officer, Dr Liam Alex Heffron, and supported by Mayo GAA and the Michael Davitt Museum, the aim of Beo Mayo is to archive digitally and make available to the public GAA club records and documentation within the county. This is definitely a website to be bookmarked for future reference.

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