Laois hurling could benefit to the tune of €225,000 over the next five years after GAA President Liam Ó Neill announced that Central Council will commit €1million towards hurling development over the next five years, during his speech to GAA Congress at the weekend.
The vast majority of the funding, €900,000, will be spent helping to improve the senior hurling teams in four counties, Laois, Antrim, Carlow and Westmeath. The remaining €100,000 will be used for player development projects in other counties.
The funding, which will be received annually, is worth up to a total of €45,000 and will be subject to the submission of a detailed plan outlining the key aims and objectives of the programme. Direct payments will not be made to counties, rather Central Council will make payments to suppliers based on invoices received.
Counties must match this with €10,000 from their own funds to improve Minor and U-21 hurling.
Speaking yesterday, Laois GAA Chairman Gerry Kavanagh was delighted that hurling in the county was receiving another boost. “I’m absolutely thrilled, but I’d be the first to acknowledge that there was a huge amount of work being done under the tutelage of Seamas Plunkett and his managment team already.
“They are working very hard, and there is a great work ethic and a consciousness to make things better, and it is all very encouraging.”
For his part, Liam O’Neill was happy to finally be able to put one his plans into motion. “There are few people as passionate about hurling as I am. I believe in investing in the future of hurling, not just talking about it. That is why Central Council will now invest over a million Euro in developing hurling Of this, €900,000 will be spent over a period of five years for the purpose of improving the performance of the senior inter-county team in Antrim, Carlow, Westmeath and Laois. €100,000 will be invested in player development projects in other Hurling Development counties.
“This means that an extra €1,000,000 will be channelled into the development of the game over the next five years. The investment will be subject to annual submissions by the four counties. These submissions must reflect key aims and objectives”
Laois should discover in the next week or so exactly how the monetary assistance will be made available.