Newly elected President of the GAA Liam O’Neill has included eight people from the county on GAA national committees, as he finally gets to begin working towards his vision of the future.
O’Neill’s involvement, along with that of Michael Delaney as Leinster GAA chairman, will bring to ten the number of Laois representatives in the upper echelons of the GAA, with O’Neill chairing the management committee of the association as president.
The presitgious Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) will see Michael Delaney involved due to his current position, while Roscommon delegate Seamus Maher also brings a Laois flavour to the scene, as he originally hails from Clonaslee.
Current Laois GAA vice-chairman Gerry Kavanagh has been placed on the Central Hearings Committee, which is one of the more active in the GAA, while county chairman Brian Allen has been appointed to the Central Appeals Committee.
Laois will have plenty of influence on all things rules related too, as Shanahoe’s Anthony Delaney will serve on the Rules Advisory Committee, under the stewardship of Cork’s Frank Murphy, while Liam O’Neill himself will chair the Standing Committee on Playing Rules, a group which includes a number of current and past players and managers, such as Brian Cody, Kieran McGeeney, Donal Og Cusack and Dessie Farrell.
Laois treasurer Martin Byrne is the only other sitting member of the Laois executive to be called up by Croke Park, and he will sit on the national Financial Management Committee.
Appointments from within the county don’t stop there though, and one surprise inclusion was that of Tom O’Loughlin, who O’Neill has to work with the National Safety Work Group.
There were one or two other names which have been included which may not be too familiar to many Laois GAA supporters, with Portlaoise native and primary school teacher Niamh Campion chosen to act as chairperson of the Youth Committee.
Portarlington’s Grainne McCann, who will be on the IT committee. McCann was part of Laois’ IT Committee which introduced the new website back in 2011, and currently works with the Laois Juvenile Committee.
Michael Martin, now a retired primary school teacher from Ballinakill NS, will serve on the Irish Committee, while Michael Reynolds, well known in the county through his work with Leinster GAA, will act on two committees, the National Infrastructure Committee and Insurance and Risk Management