Three man race for the chair?

THreE men have thrown their names in the hat in the race to become chairman of the Kildare County Board.

A total of eight were nominated for the position but only three have confirmed that they are definitely running.

The front runner at present is current vice chairman John McMahon. The Naas man is currently in his second term as vice Chairman after replacing Padraig Ashe and he now looks likely to replace Ashe yet again.

Another confirmed runner is current hurling board chairman Eddie Lawlor.

The Athy man is expected to receive strong support from hurling clubs but is likely to fall well short of the votes needed to take the top job.

Former county board secretary, treasurer and PRO Richie Whelan has also thrown his hat in to the ring after being nominated by his own club Caragh.

“I am running and I’m delighted that I got the nomination from my own club,” admitted Mr Whelan, a Naas business man.

Also nominated is current Bord na nOg chairman Ger Donnelly, who says he is ‘unlikely’ to run. However, if John McMahon is successful Donnelly is hotly fancied to go for and win the role of vice chairman.

Central Council delegate Marty McEvoy is also on the list of eight but he has confirmed he will not seek the position.

The same applies for current treasurer Martin Whyte from the Kilcullen club, while Joe Fox and former Leinster Council delegate John McCarthy have yet to confirm if they will run but it is unlikely the pair will.

An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Kildare County Board will take place on Sunday, April 10 at 5pm in the new Hawkfield training facility. The meeting will take place following Kildare’s final National Football League Division 2 encounter with Sligo in St Conleth’s Park.

Earlier this month Padraig Ashe, in his second year as Chairman, unexpectedly resigned from the position. The Straffan man cited personal issues as the reason he stepped aside.