Laois GAA Chairman Brian Allen admitted to being delighted with the outcome of Monday night’s Laois GAA Hurling Forum, as almost 100 people crowded into the O’Moore Room in the Heritage Hotel to start the process of rebuilding hurling in the county.
With the Forum structured to provide solutions rather than complain about past problems, those in attendance got into the spirit of the event and a lot of ideas for the advancement of hurling were put forward.
Speaking afterwards, Allen confessed that the meeting had exceeded his expectations. “I’m delighted, there were very positive suggestions and there was no blame game. Everybody looked at their own individual situations and everybody realised that we were all pulling in different direction, and tonight has given us a different focus on it.
“People are now focussed on where we need to go with Laois hurling, which is forward, and everybody is preparing now to get in behind, and I have no doubt that the people will go back to their clubs with the points that came up and sell it there.
“We have to build our way up along, and tonight was the first brick and going forward now, I have no doubt that with the enthusiasm shown there tonight, we are going in the right direction.”
As for what had come up in the Forum, Allen admitted that many of the issues raised were issues he expected to be highlighted, but he was particularly happy that suggestions on how to improve them were also put forward. “They were issues that I was expecting anyway, but I was expecting there to be a blame game, that this was wrong or that was wrong, but it wasn’t that way.
“People looked at their own individual cases, and what was stopping the county progressing, and that came across strongly, that epople were prepared to look at what was going wrong.”
The age old problem of the format and structures of the club championships was one such problem to appear, and Allen confirmed that the County Board will act on any suggestions which are put forward arising from last night. “There will be good suggestions to come from tonight and I will be prepared to push them on once they get the backing of the clubs, we will drive on with this.”