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Clare candidate enters GAA presidency race and brings total nominees for position to four

Robert Frost has entered the race ahead of next February’s election at GAA Congress.

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

CLARE’S ROBERT FROST has entered the race to be the next GAA President after he was formally endorsed by Banner GAA county board chiefs last night.

The Clare county board formally announced that they were nominating Frost, who was Munster Council Chairman from 2013 to 2015.

The O’Callaghan’s Mills club man is also a former Clare county board chairman. Edward Bennet was the first Clare GAA President back in 1887 while JJ Stuart – who was a Leinster county board chairman – was born in Clare and was GAA President between 1958 and 1961.

Robert Frost and Ray Carey Robert Frost (right) at the 2012 McGrath Cup final Source: James Crombie/INPHO

His nomination brings to four the number of candidates in contention to replace current President Aogán Ó Fearghail, with that election to take place at the GAA’s Annual Congress next February.

Galway’s Frank Burke, Kerry’s Sean Walsh and Longford’s Martin Skelly are also confirmed candidates for the position.

Ardrahan native Burke was president of the Connacht Council (2012-2015), Moyvane’s Walsh was chairman of the Munster Council (2010-2012) while Skelly from the Newtowncashel club has previously been chairman of the Leinster Council.

Clare candidate enters GAA presidency race and brings total nominees for position to four
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  • Frank Burke (Galway)

    Source: Mike Shaughnessy
  • Sean Walsh (Kerry)

    Source: James Crombie/INPHO
  • Martin Skelly (Longford)

    Source: Cathal Noonan

“We are proud and delighted to nominate Robert to run for President,” remarked Joe Cooney, the current Clare county board chairman.


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“He has been a life-long servant of the GAA and critically from grass-roots up, starting with his club and going on to become a vastly experienced administrator at county, provincial and national level.

Aogan O' Fearghail GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

“He is one of the most experienced officials in the organisation today at any level today and, critically, retains the passion, drive and enthusiasm for the GAA that he has always had over the years.

“Uniquely, his experience allows him to marry the needs of the organisation at both national and club level.

“Clare has given many loyal servants to the GAA since Michael Cusack as its founder. Robert has followed closely in that proud tradition and would be a very fine leader of our association. We look forward to giving him every support.”


- This article has been amended from the original to include mention of JJ Stuart’s GAA presidency.

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