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DC hosts NACB convention


Washington DC will be the host city for the 2010 North American County Board GAA convention, scheduled for the weekend of November 12th and 13th. The meetings will be held at the Doubletree Washington DC - Crystal City Hotel located at 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia. While about 70 clubs from around the country are usually represented at the AGM a larger than normal attendance is anticipated at this year's convention because of the event being held in the Nations capital.

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To avoid the possibility of the convention being extended to Sunday a special meeting is being held on the Friday evening to deal with 2010 business and to address outstanding issues. There is a large convention schedule with 59 motions on the agenda along with a record number of applicants on the ballot for election to the 2011 board. The vast number of motions submitted are pertaining to NACB By-laws and Regulations covering summer sanctions, inter-county transfers and grading of players. Many of these motions focus on changing various registration deadlines and rules associated with the number of sanction and resident players on the field at any one time. There are also several motions on the agenda to do with the championship playoffs and disciplinary committees.

Concern was raised at last years AGM regarding the low number of nominations received for election on the county board. Only 12 nominations were submitted for positions in 2009 compared to 26 nominations at the 2008 convention. That concern is no longer valid as 34 nominations will be on the ballot at this year's election, the most In the history of the board. For the first time in many years all positions on the board will be contested for, certainly a healthy sign for the future of the county. The two offices that are attracting the most nominations are those for Youth Development and Public Relations with five people on the ballot for each of those offices. Five nominations are also on the ballot for the position of Central Council Delegate. Voting for the offices of chairman and secretary are expected to be competitive with four nominees on the ballot for each office.

The following nominations have been submitted for election at convention.

Honorary President:

Chris Murray, John Flood


Liam Moloney, Mike O'Connor, Bernie Connaughton, Joe Lydon


Mike O'Connor, Raymond Brady, Paul McCarthy


Tim Flanagan, Ray Brady, Sharon O'Brien, Liam Moloney


Liz O'Connor, Joe Begley, Malachy Higgins


Raymond Brady, Liz O'Connor, Mary Prendiville

Public Relations Officer:

Paddy McDevitt, Brian White, Tim Flanagan, Pete McDermott, Eamonn Kelly

Youth Development Officer:

Lizzie O'Connor, Liam Hegarty, Ellen Joyce, Oliver McElhone, Tommy Dolan

Central Council Delegate:

Garrett Fitzsimmons, Tommy Dolan, Bernie Connaughton, Danny O'Donnell, Mike O'Connor

Preceding the convention a NACB Youth Board meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 12th,, starting at 1:00 pm and a pre-convention meeting is scheduled for 7:30 on Friday evening.

Eamonn Kelly, PRO, North American County Board