Elphin GAA clubman Mick Rock officially launched his campaign to become the next President of the GAA following his nomination by Roscommon County Board at a meeting in Hannon’s Hotel on Monday night.
The former Connacht Council President has had a number of administrative roles at Roscommon and provincial level and was also a member of the Central Council and the GAA Management Committee for three years.
On Monday night, Mr. Rock told Roscommon County Board delegates that he had decided to enter the 2020 race because he felt he could steer the association down a different path where community effort and clubs would be at the heart of decision-making.
Kilmore clubman Tommie Kenoy also addressed the meeting and said he was “mandated by his club not to support the nomination”. Mr. Kenoy cited a couple of reasons for not supporting Mr. Rock, including Mick Rock’s alleged stance on Rule 42 in previous years and also the decision of the Connacht Council to go ahead with a provincial club fixture the day after Kilmore had played in a County Intermediate Final and on the occasion of the passing of renowned Kilmore clubman Frank Dennehy (RIP).
Mr. Rock was formally proposed by Eric Murray, the chairperson of the Elphin club. His nomination was seconded by Ger Aherne of St. Brigid’s, who said he had known Mick Rock since the 1990s and found him to be “a man of tremendous ability and integrity”.
There was almost unanimous support from delegates present. As per Mr. Kenoy’s contribution, the Kilmore GAA Club delegates abstained.
Speaking after the vote, Mr. Seamus Sweeney, Chairperson of Roscommon County Board said: “There was overwhelming support from all at the meeting and as a result of that, Roscommon is 100% behind Mick as a candidate to run in the election of Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, 2020.
“History will show that of the 39 presidents we have had to date, only five of them have been Connacht men. Of course, for these past two decades of the 2000s, none of the presidents have come from Connacht.
“You don’t get titles on the playing field, or hold office off it, purely because of historical or entitlement reasons. We know we have a very good candidate; he is a very capable man. Mick is a very committed and passionate Gael, an articulate speaker and an excellent communicator. Mick is a committed club man and was recognised for this by his appointment as Chairperson of the National Clubs Committee,” Mr. Sweeney concluded.