Joe Kennedy (right) who has been elected Vice Chairman of the Tipperary County GAA Board.
Boherlahan Dualla's John Devane takes over as Chairman while JK Brackens John Costigan is elected Vice President of the Board.
Moyne Templetuohy man Joe Kennedy, who has just stepped down as Chairman of the Mid Tipperary GAA Board, has been elected Vice Chairman of the County Board having defeated Nenagh Eire Og's Jimmy Minogue on an extremely tight vote of 114 to 111.
The Dome at Semple Stadium saw delegates pack in for the annual Convention which also saw Boherlahan Dualla man John Devane step up to the position of County Chairman - the chair was vacated by Upperchurch Drombane's Michael Burke who completed his three year term of office.
Bridging a gap of ninety years when the last Boherlahan Dualla man sat in the Chair in Tipperary – the legendary Johnny Leahy from 1925-1927 – John Devane's election as Chairman was indeed historic and he used his address to urge the clubs to embrace all competitions in the county and not to be downgrading the significance of leagues to the club players.
“I grew up dreaming of hurling in the blue and gold of Tipperary, but my ability never matched my ambition unfortunately. However, I would be of the view that there is no point in going along with what was always done. If there is a job to be done, then it should be done. I speak in terms of fixtures, because there is not one club official or player who is happy with the way the games are being played at the present time. There is much more to do and already we have aroused deep passions in people who believe that we should not change things. There is no doubt that each and every competition we run is worth winning and I cannot understand why so many clubs discount them. There is a greatly reduced window for our games now but we will meet the challenges head on,” John Devane said.
Meanwhile, JK Brackens stalwart and former County Board Chairman John Costigan was elected Vice President of the Board following the passing of Michael Maher of Holycross Ballycahill during the year. The Clonakenny native said that he was privileged and honoured to be asked and concluded an impassioned address stating that from here onwards he would be seen more and heard less.