A familiar figure to all Roscommon GAA supporters was elected to the role of Connacht Council delegate last night at the 2022 county convention, joining John Carty (St. Aidan’s) as one of Roscommon’s two delegates to the provincial council for the coming year.
Seamus Nugent is a former chairman of his club, Kilglass Gaels, but has also served as assistant treasurer to Roscommon GAA, treasurer of the county minor board and twice as chairman of the county’s Northern board. He is particularly well-known as a gate collector with the county, and is regularly seen at venues up and down the county while acting in that role.
Carty and Nugent were joined on the ballot by Gerry Keegan (Creggs) and Enda Walsh (Kilbride) in the only election that took place at the convention. The outgoing delegates were Carty and Hugh Lynn (Éire Óg), who in 2023 will take up the role as Connacht GAA PRO.
The remainder of the convention was very straightforward, with no questions or queries from any attendees regarding any of the reports presented.
Chairperson Brian Carroll confirmed in his address that the county had acquired land on the Racecourse Road in Roscommon town and that a planning meeting was due to take place with regard to the commencement of the county’s Centre of Excellence on that location.
David O’Connor, Treasurer, took delegates through the set of audited accounts that were released to clubs last Thursday (full details of the financial report are available in today’s Roscommon Herald) but while Roscommon GAA recorded a small operating loss of €14,151 before depreciation on income of a little over €1.5 million, he also highlighted that another large scale fundraiser would be needed in 2023.
This fundraiser was outlined by Pat Compton of Club Rossie, who explained how the draw would be officially launched on the day of Roscommon’s first home league game against Tyrone, and how due to legislation limiting prizes in such events to having a value under €360,000, that they had opted for a top prize of €100,000, as opposed to a house.
It was also confirmed that tickets would be marketed and sold in a similar way to the ‘Win a House in Dublin’ and Win a Home in London’ fundraisers, and that there would be a compulsory levy on clubs in order to support this draw.
For further details on all the events at last night’s Roscommon GAA 2022 convention, see next week’s Roscommon Herald.