Jim Fennelly, Danesfort was returned as one of Kilkenny's Leinster Council delegates
The only contest at the annual GAA Convention in the O'Loughlin Gaels centre last night involved the election of the two Kilkenny delegates to represent the county on the Leinster Council.
It was a three way race between the out-going James Fennelly (Danesfort) and also Willie Dempsey (Thomastown) and former Kilkenny chairman and most recent Central Council representative, Paul Kinsella (St Martin's).
Elected in a tight vote were Mr Fennelly and Mr Dempsey. It is believed a mere three votes divided the first and third candidates.
Out-going chairman Ned Quinn delivered a stirring final address after he concluded his time in the chair having served five consecutive years.
He was lauded for his commitment to Kilkenny and the GAA by a number of fellow officers and delegates, and he was accorded a prolonged standing ovation after he concluded his 41 minute long address.
Elected were - Jimmy Walsh, Windgap (chairman); P.J. Kenny, Lisdowney (vice-chairman); Conor Denieffe, O'Loughlin Gaels (secretary); Barry Hickey, John Lockes (treasurer); Seamus Reade, Thomastown (Development Officer); Paul Fitzgerald, Fenians (PRO); Pat Tynan, Danesfort (Coaching Officer); Seán Breathnach, Dicksboro (Irish officer); Ned Quinn, Mooncoin (Central Council representative); Jim Fennelly, Danesfort and Willie Dempsey, Thomastown (Leinster Council delegates); Pat Henderson, Fenians and Seamus Ready (delegates to Leinster Convention); Barry Hickey and Ned Quinn (delegates to Congress).