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Martin McHugh will try for a Central Council role again

Martin McHugh
Martin McHugh was edged out for the Central Council role

Martin McHugh will make a further attempt to become Donegal's Central Council delegate in the future despite missing out on the role on Sunday.

The Kilcar man was edged out by former Donegal GAA secretary Noirin Doherty by 73 votes to 70 in a tight vote at Sunday's annual county convention.

"It's disappointing but that's the democratic way," said McHugh.

"Noreen will be there for five years but in five years time, I'll have another go."

McHugh added that he has "no interest" in other positions on the Donegal board.

"I would have liked to have got into Croke Park and the Central Council position is really the only one that interests me on the county board.

"I have a lot of ideas and while I can write about them in newspapers and everywhere else, if I was on the Central Council I could put those ideas to them - particularly in terms of club football all over Ireland."

I was nine votes ahead after the first count but I didn't get enough to stay ahead

Martin McHugh

McHugh has also been centrally involved in attempts at establishing a successor to the now defunct Club Donegal and he believed that his elevation to the Central Council position would have helped the process.

"I've done a lot of work to try and get it going again but we needed somebody on the county board.

"I'm disappointed. I was nine votes ahead after the first count but I didn't get enough to stay ahead.

"But I do want to thank all the people that supported me. I got great support.

"It was my first time going for a position at the county convention and a lot of clubs put a lot of trust in me."

The other big talking-point from the Donegal gathering was the shock news that county secretary Charlie O'Donnell had stepped down after only 15 months in charge.

O'Donnell was only 15 months into a seven-year contract and vacated the position for what the county board called "personal reasons".

The decision was communicated to the county board by O'Donnell on Friday evening but it only became public knowledge at Sunday's convention.

There was also a surprise at the Armagh county convention when outgoing chairman Kevin Brady lost his role in a vote to Paul Duggan.

Pearse Og club-man Duggan recently served as county youth officer and has also served as national secretary of Cumann na mBunscoil.

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McHugh rules out Donegal position
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