Crokes stalwart wants to return to the chair

Patrick O’Sullivan: Contenting the chair

POPULAR Killarney businessman Patrick O’Sullivan has launched his bid to return to the Kerry GAA hotseat.

The Dr Crokes clubman has confirmed that he is to contest the election to succeed Tim Murphy as board chairman when the Brosna man’s five-year term ends in December.

O’Sullivan will go head-to-head with Eamon Whelan of the St Senan’s club in North Kerry and, if he succeeds, is will be his second time as chair having previously held the position from 2012 to 2016, with Kerry winning the All-Ireland in 2014.

O’Sullivan is the son of former Kerry selector Eddie Tatler O’Sullivan and brother-in-law to former senior team trainer Pat O’Shea.

The 54-year-old, who runs the Tatler Jack bar and restaurant on Plunkett Street, is a fundraising specialist and he has spearheaded many important projects for the Kerry GAA in the recent past, including the building of the Centre of Excellence in Currans.

Eamon Whelan, the current vice chairman, had already made his intentions known but there had been increased speculation in recent weeks that O’Sullivan would force the matter to a vote.