Big names for Geat GAA Debate in Portlaoise

Portlaoise GAA Club will host the return of the Great GAA Debate in their clubhouse on Friday, January 21.

Portlaoise GAA Club will host the return of the Great GAA Debate in their clubhouse on Friday, January 21.

This year's event will discuss the future of the GAA over the next decade with a panel of well known GAA personalities. A number of RTE "Sunday Game" analysts are expected to attend including Michael Duignan, referee Pat McEnaney and Laois man Liam O'Neill who will contest the election for the next President of the Association.

Fear an Ti for the Great Debate will be Marty Morrissey from RTE and further well known guests will be confirmed in the coming days.

The future of the GAA over the next ten years will provoke much discussion among the panel and audience: What rule changes can we envisage? Will the provincial championships survive? Will video technology be introduced? What is the future for clubs in urban and rural areas?

These and other topics will surely arise but audience participation at these debates is always interesting so expect to hear the panel's views on the greatest GAA players, the toughest opponent (even for the referee!), who is going to win the 2011 All Irelands? and the most hilarious excuse for not attending training.

Tickets for the Great Debate on Friday, January 21, are available by email request (pat@oakpartnership.com), telephone (086) 8149623 or by contacting Pat Critchley, Seamus Plunkett, John Hanniffy, Pat Leogue or Peter O'Neill. Tickets which are priced at €15 will also be available from a number of outlets next week, further information to follow.