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Lenihan elected Chairperson of Clare LGFA

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Seán Lenihan has been elected as the new Chairperson of the Clare Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA).

A native of Miltown Malbay but now a member of the St Josephs Doora/Barefield club, Sean succeeds Cooraclare’s David O’Brien in the role. O’Brien caused “shock and surprise” at the Annual General Meeting of the Clare LGFA when announcing his decision to step down.

O’Brien served for one year in the role following the sudden death of Kieran Harvey from the West Clare Gaels club.

At Thursday evening’s virtual EGM, Lenihan was the sole nominee to fill the void. A senior engineer with Clare County Council’s project management office, Seán is one of the key figures working on the planned West Clare Greenway. He has previously been Chairman of engineering groups such as the Thomond Region of Engineers Ireland also the Local Government Division of the IEI.

Shannon Gaels’ Geraldine Kelly who stepped down as Treasurer at the AGM has returned to the position, delegates were informed. The election of officers had been suspended at the AGM following the double resignations.

Several motions were discussed at the meeting but no reference was made to the Board’s attempts to appoint a successor to James Murrihy as intermediate manager.

Speaking at the EGM, former Chairperson Bernie Regan expressed her confidence that Lenihan would be “well able” for his new role. Emma Hastings of East Clare Gaels was among those to wish him the best of luck.

Club delegates are said to already be impressed with the manner in which Lenihan chaired the EGM. Sound feedback from one delegate during the Zoom meeting prompted the West Clare native to comment, “Just a reminder to everyone to mute the mics if you are not speaking, I think Coronation Street is on in the background somewhere”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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