Husband-and-wife could soon hold Connacht and Mayo secretary roles

November 16, 2022

Connacht GAA secretary John Prenty ©INPHO/James Crombie

Connacht Council secretary John Prenty’s wife Mary has thrown her hat into the ring to become Mayo GAA secretary.

The Ballyhaunis club member has been nominated for the position along with Ronan Kirrane from Davitts as Dermot Butler is stepping down under the ‘five-year’ rule. Mary is the outgoing Mayo GAA Planning and Training Officer, having previously served as secretary of the East Mayo Board and as county board Development Officer. Kirrane is the current assistant secretary.

Another female, Celia Rattigan from Breaffy, has been nominated for the post of assistant secretary. With current treasurer Valerie Murphy unopposed, there could be three women sitting at the top table in 2023, which would be unprecedented in Mayo GAA.

Chairman Seamus Tuohy, vice-chairman Con Moynihan, PRO John Walker and assistant treasurer Michael Diskin will also be returned unopposed at county convention in Claremorris on Sunday, December 11.

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