There’s been plenty of debate on here since Sunday’s County Convention. I had intended to say something about this yesterday but never got the time to do so. I know it’s a bit late to be arriving to this particular party but I’ve just had a read of the various reports on the Convention in this week’s Mayo News (which, for anyone who’s interested, is well worth a look) and have a few brief thoughts to offer on it.
The main point, I guess, is to acknowledge the election of Mike Connelly as County Board Chairman and to wish him well in the role. Whatever about events in recent months, Mike has been on his way to becoming Chairman since he was elected Vice-Chairman a few years back and while the optics around the timing of his elevation to the top job may not have been hectic it needs to be recognised that this timing wasn’t of his, or indeed of Noel’s, choosing.
Now that it’s happened and the county’s on-field and off-field leadership teams are in place for 2015, it serves no useful purpose in failing to row in behind them. The carry-on over the last few months was certainly unedifying and the less than fulsome recognition of responsibility by County Board members was annoying – to say nothing of the shoot-the-messenger tone of the remarks made about criticisms levelled at them on social media – but I’d tend to agree with the argument that the elections held for the various positions on Sunday should mark the end-point for this particular saga.
It really is time to move on and while this doesn’t mean that all is now right with the world again, it should mean that the focus can switch back to where it needs to be, which is on the pitch and the team we all support. At the end of the day, if the Board members elected on Sunday (old faces as well as new ones) do an efficient job then it can only be of benefit to the team. Likewise, if the Board, the players and the supporters are all pulling in the one direction, our chances of success will be improved. It has, in many ways, been a bruising 2014 for us – here’s hoping for better things in the year to come.