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Saffron Vision still holds the reins in Antrim

Collie Donnelly will remain as chairman after last night's county convention

THE Saffron Vision project remains very much on track after two of their key officers easily fought off challenges at last night's county convention in Dunsilly Hotel.

Chairman Collie Donnelly and vice-chairman Terry Reilly will continue in their respective roles after Dunloy clubman Jim McLean and Aghgallon's Columb Walsh's attempts to displace them failed.

Donnelly swept to a convincing win over McLean - 95 to 39 - while Reilly beat Walsh's ticket with a comprehensive 84 to 43 vote.

Former disciplinary chief Joe Edwards made a return to county officialdom last night as one of Antrim's two Ulster Council delegates, alongside Alec McQuillan.

Since coming to power two years ago, the Antrim county board has raked in £200,000 – a lot of which came from the corporate sector - and are making progress with the new Casement Park and the Dunsilly Centre of Participation site.

Meanwhile, former Tyrone PRO Damian Harvey has accepted a nomination for the role of county chairman in his native county.

It's the first challenge current incumbent Roisin Jordan has faced in three years.

Vice-chairman Mickey Kerr of Carrickmore is also expected to make it a three-way contest for the chair.

Harvey, who held the PRO role between 2008 and 2012, announced his decision to run on Twitter last night.

The Cookstown clubman said: “Greatly honoured to have received the nomination for the role of county chair. Happy to confirm my intention to run for the post.”

Harvey currently works for Team Talk Magazine – a GAA social media outlet – but said he will step away from the role should he be successful with his candidacy at county convention in Garvaghey on Tuesday December 12.

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