Nolan takes chair
Ex-Kildare goalie the new manager
The A.G.M. of the Wexford Ladies' Football Board took place in the Ferrycarrig Hotel on Friday.
Denis Nolan from Taghmon-Camross, who has a huge history of involvement with the G.A.A. in the county, was elected as Chairman to replace Peadar O'Connor who stepped down before Christmas.
Nolan is sure to bring a vast array of experience with him and his first big challenge will be to find a successor for Secretary and Treasurer as Andrea Cooney-Rowe and Billy Stafford are both stepping away from their respective positions. Both people will hold their positions for the time being with a hope that everything will be solved at the first County Board meeting of the new year.
The full committee elected was: Chairperson, Denis Nolan (Taghmon-Camross); Vice-Chairperson, Tony Cardiff (Kilmore); Secretary, vacant; Assistant Secretary, Ian Plunkett (Marshalstown-Castledockrell); Treasurer, vacant; Assistant Treasurer, Michael Whelan (Gusserane); P.R.O., Noel Holohan (St. James'); Registrar, Karen Scallan (Adamstown); Development Officer, Thomas Whelan (Fethard St. Mogue's).
In a vote for Fixtures Chairperson, Sharon Drennan (Shelmalier) was elected after defeating Michael O'Neill (Clonee). Fixtures Secretary for the coming year is Ann Doyle (Crossabeg-Ballymurn), Paudge Brennan (Volunteers) remains as Cultural and Schools Liaison Officer, while Yvonne Flynn (Shelmalier) has taken over as Children's Officer.
Some motions were up for consideration. St. James' had two motions passed that will now go forward to Congress, the first one to amend rule 366 where two points will be awarded for a win rather than three as is currently the reward for victory.
The second rule change being sought would have huge benefit to all counties. Currently the National League system is based on a home and away format for fixtures, but as is Wexford's case this season, they will have to travel for six of their seven games.
The proposed rule is worded: '(a) In the ladies' football National Leagues all teams to have a minimum of three home games for divisions of eight or seven teams; (b) in the ladies' football National Leagues all teams to have a minimum of two home games for divisions of six or five teams'.
After the A.G.M. concluded a short County Board meeting was opened to seek ratification for a new manager for the Wexford ladies' football intermediate team. Shane McCormack, former Kildare Senior football goalkeeper, was elected to take over from All-Ireland winner Billy Donnelly for 2015.