Hogan withdraws from GAA presidency bid

Con Hogan has withdrawn from the race to become the next GAA president.

Con Hogan has withdrawn from the race to become the next GAA president.

The Marlfield man threw his hat into the ring last September to become the first Tipperary candidate to be president of the Association since Seamus O'Riain in 1967, but surprisingly announced on Tuesday that he wouldn't contest the election.

In a statement he said that the presence of candidates with a stronger provincial and geographic support base than his own, coupled with the fact that the current president (Christy Cooney) is from Munster, would make it very difficult for him to achieve the necessary support.

"I would like to wish the remaining candidates well; whoever is successful will make an excellent president and can be assured of my total support in my remaining period as a Trustee of the Association and into the future", he added.

The new president will be elected at the GAA Congress in Westmeath in April to take over from Youghal man Christy Cooney next year. The remaining candidates are Liam O'Neill of Laois, Donegal's Tom Daly and Seamus Howlin of Wexford.

Con Hogan, who was nominated for the presidency by the County Board,is also a member of the GAA's management committee and is chairman of the Semple Stadium management committee, where €18 million has been spent on re-development.

He became chairman of the South Board in 1988 and was chairman of the County Board from 2000 to 2002.

He has been a member of the GAA's Central Council since 2002 and has chaired many of the Association's committees at national level.