I meant to do this earlier on but I’m under a bit of pressure at the minute so here quickly are a few things you’ll no doubt be interested in.
First up is Colm Gannon’s interview with Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly for the Mayo Advertiser. The co-managers met the local press for the first time at the event in the Sportlann on Saturday night and no doubt the other papers will carry similar interview features with them this week.
It makes for an interesting read and in particular I liked the bit where Pat says that their aim is to get the team to produce as close as possible to the ultimate performance every time they’re on the pitch so that, when it comes to it, the maximum performance they produce is good enough to overcome whatever challenge they meet. Pat lists all of the variables that can affect a team’s performance and insists that the aim is, notwithstanding all these, the team should still be able to prevail.
In other words, think Limerick and all that befell us there and still be aiming to come through. I like that mindset, I must say. The trick, of course, will be to carry through into action in the white-heat of battle in high summer.
Pat (who appears to have done most of the talking in this interview) goes on to state that they’ve brought in 20 players who didn’t feature last year and have put them on strength and conditioning programmes. The aim is to get these fringe players involved in trial games late in December to see how many are ready to make the step up to inter-county level next year.
One player who definitely isn’t on this list of 20 but who has expressed his interest in lining out for his county again is Conor Mortimer, who was on the panel on RTÉ’s Sunday sports show yesterday. I heard what he had to say as we travelled back up to Dublin from Portlaoise yesterday, the key points of which are summarised in this report on the RTÉ website. Whether or not Conor does return to the fold is, of course, down to the new management – if they do decide to give him a whirl, he would for sure be an interesting addition to the panel but if they take a rain check on him that’d be perfectly understandable too. It’s certainly an intriguing call for the new managers to make.
Finally, today’s Western People (print and online edition) contains details of the nominations put forward for County Board positions ahead of the County Convention next month. According to Anthony Hennigan’s report, details of the nominations for the main County Board positions are as follows (incumbents are listed in bold):
Chairman: Mike Connelly (Hollymount/Carramore), Sean Feeney (Ballintubber).
Vice-Chairman: Mike Connelly, Seamus Tuohy (Breaffy), Johnny Hopkins (The Neale).
Secretary: Vincent Neary (Bonniconlon).
Treasurer: JP Lambe (Garrymore), Michael Diskin (Castlebar Mitchels).
PRO: Aidan McLoughlin (Swinford).
Assistant Secretary: Seamus Tuohy, Dermot Butler (Crossmolina).
Assistant Treasurer: PJ Monaghan (Belmullet/St. Sylvester’s, Dublin), Ger McHugh (Hollymount/Carramore).
Central Council: James Waldron (The Neale), Sean Mac Eil (Knockmore).
Connacht Council (x2): Padraig Staunton (Moygownagh), Paddy McNicholas (Kiltimagh), Michael Dan O’Malley (Louisburgh), Gerry Bourke (Breaffy).
Coaching Officer: Padraic Carolan (Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin).
Development Officer: Jerry Henry (Castlebar Mitchels), Willie Kelly (Kilmeena), Tommy Goonan (Kiltane).
Cultural Officer: James Gibbons (Lahardane).
According to that piece in the Western, former Secretary Sean Feeney could well have added his name to the list ahead of last night’s deadline but I guess whether or not he did will become clear soon enough.
UPDATE: The Mayo News (print and online editions) has confirmed today (Tuesday) that Sean Feeney has indeed put his name forward for the post of Chairman. The list above has been amended accordingly.
Based on the list of nominations, the jockeying for the various positions sees a good deal of Lanigan’s Ball-esque shifting in and out and not all that much in the way of fresh blood. That said, PJ Monaghan’s candidature for the post of Assistant Treasurer certainly falls into the latter category.