Allen calls on all interested parties to attend hurling Forum

Laois GAA Chairman Brian Allen has called on anyone with an interest in the future of Laois hurling to attend next Monday night’s Forum, which has been organised to help plan a way forward for the game in the county.

Details of the Forum emerged last week in the wake of the senior hurlers loss to Cork, although the Allen was keen to stress that this meeting was something that had been in the pipeline for some time.

The 2011 intercounty hurling season was dogged by controversy, with a number of withdrawals from the senior hurling panel as well as a number of flashpoints between clubs and the county board over the availability of county players.

Even the minor setup saw some players dropped after playing with their clubs when they were not supposed to, and with the U-21s shipping a heavy defeat last week, Allen was hopeful that all those with a desire to put Laois hurling back on the right path would show up next Monday night. “The meeting is open to any individual who is interested in the future of Laois hurling.

“Maybe people will have different ideas about the direction we should be taking than we have, and this is their chance to have their say.”

The Forum will be chaired by Pat Fitzgerald, secretary of Munster GAA, and Allen has shed some light on how the event will be structured. “We will have groups at every table, and no two people from the same club will be at the same table.

“People will be scattered throughout the room between different tables, and everyone will have the chance to have their input.”

Allen also outlined what he hoped would be gained from holding the forum. “There is probably two things we hope to get from it. We want to see what the clubs and the people of Laois want for Laois hurling, and then we want to see how we can work together to move Laois hurling forward, and now is as good a time as any to do that.”

The forum is due to get underway at 8pm, with Allen also refusing to rule out the possibilty of a similar meeting being called if next Monday’s night proves to be a success.

Elsewhere in hurling news, Laois GAA chiefs were due to meet with both Brendan Fennelly and Seamus Plunkett to review the 2011 campaigns for both the minor and senior hurlers.

Fennelly seemed to infer that he would not be seeking a second year at the helm of the senior hurlers following the loss to Cork, although the County Board were quick to point out that no deicision had yet been made. Plunkett’s minor team missed out on a place in the Leinster semi-final after losing to Wexford in O’Moore Park back in May.


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