Following his election yesterday as the new Chairman of the Mayo County Board, Liam Moffatt addressed delegates at the Convention in Belmullet. A piece by Mike Finnerty in today’s Irish Examiner (here) gives a flavour of what the new man had to say in assuming office.
The points covered by the incoming Chairman chime closely with what he had to say in advance of the vote, when he spoke at length with Rob Murphy on the Mayo News football podcast (here). For those who haven’t yet listened to this episode, by the way, it’s still worth your while doing so, both to hear Liam expand in some detail on his plans and also to hear – from both candidates – what a respectful, ideas-filled election campaign sounded like.
In his address to the Convention yesterday, Liam spoke about the GAA’s aim to foster communities, not just Gaelic games, and to make the organisation within the county a source of pride for all. He said that “our key objective will be to build trust in our County Board to connect with all the Mayo GAA family” and that “the work begins now.”
If you’ve already listened to the podcast, you’ll no doubt have been struck – as I was – by Liam’s determination to steer well clear of any discussion of personalities when talking about the recently difficulties facing Mayo GAA. His focus on the issues, rather than the individuals involved, will, one hopes, guide him and his colleagues on the Board in charting a way out of the current situation.
Liam and the rest of the County Board elected or re-elected yesterday have taken office with a fair bit of goodwill at their backs. They deserve to be given plenty of time and space to get moving on their plans for taking Mayo GAA forward in 2020.
As 2019 nears its end, then, it’s definitely time to take the Mayo GAA off-field soap opera off the stage. Let’s hope that’s what now happens, with the focus at last turning back towards a new year of on-field action.