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Laois GAA decline to comment after reports hurling and football coaches axed

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Laois GAA Chairman Gerry Kavanagh says the County Board will not be commenting on reports that hurling and football coaches have been axed as part of cost cutting measures.

GAA journalist Jackie Cahill, writing in the Irish Examiner, has claimed that highly-rated Laois senior football and hurling team coaches Michael McGeehin and DJ O’Dwyer have lost their jobs.

According to the article, Donegal native McGeehin, Director of Coaching Ireland, had been working as coach alongside the O’Moore County’s senior football team manager Peter Creedon.

O’Dwyer, meanwhile, was hurling team boss Eamonn Kelly’s strength and conditioning coach, and he’s currently involved with Tipperary senior club football outfit Clonmel Commercials.

McGeehin and Kelly were informed at the conclusion of the Allianz League that their services would be no longer required, with costs cited as the key reason behind a county board recommendation that they be let go.

Cahill also reports that the respective team managers, Creedon and Kelly, are both believed to have been aggrieved by the stance taken by officials.

It is understood that Creedon subsequently sought counsel from other backroom men, Michael O’Loughlin and Tommy Toomey, before agreeing to remain on as manager, following relegation to Division 4.

McGeehin had previously worked as coach alongside Creedon, when the Cork native was in charge of the Tipperary senior footballers, while O’Loughlin and Toomey were also on board in the Premier County.

According to the article, McGeehin, who’s also been involved with Limerick in the past, is understood to have been extremely disappointed with developments in Laois, with O’Dwyer expressing similar sentiments.

When contacted by LaoisToday, the Laois GAA chairman said that he had “no response” to make in relation to any of the claims made in the article.

The news comes just weeks before the Laois footballers are due to play in the Leinster football championship first round at home to Longford while the hurlers are midway through the Leinster Round Robin campaign.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.