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Former GAA president heading up Laois review

Former GAA president Nickey Brennan to launch Strategic Review

Former GAA president Nickey Brennan has been appointed as chairman of the Laois GAA Strategic Review Committee, an independent group tasked with drawing up a long-term plan for the association in the county.

The committee includes current club officials, former players and representatives from a number of bodies, including Laois County Council and the media.

Brennan has a long and deep involvement with the GAA, having played with and managed Kilkenny as well as serving as chairman of the Kilkenny County Board, Leinster Council and then as President of the GAA from 2006 to 2009.

Laois GAA Chairman Gerry Kavanagh set up the committee but doesn’t sit on it. He said he was delighted to have Nickey Brennan on board.

“We have a former president of the GAA in Laois in Liam O’Neill but we felt it was best to have someone detached from the county. We spoke to Liam and he will be making a contribution but we feel Nickey is ideally placed to carry out such a review.

“He has massive experienced and he has agreed to undertake this task.

“This will be thorough review of where Laois is at and where it needs to get to.”

The following seven topics have been identified by CLG Laois as priority areas, with other topics being added, if deemed necessary by the Strategy Committee: 
  1. Games Development.
  2. Games Scheduling and Competition Formats.
  3. Volunteers and Officer Support.
  4. Infrastructure and Planning.
  5. Communications.
  6. Funding, Sponsorship and Financial Excellence.
  7. Urbanisation, Rural Depopulation and Integration.
The committee intends to engage widely with GAA stakeholders throughout Laois.
The new Strategic Plan will be published in mid-November 2017.

Chairperson – Nickey Brennan. Former GAA president, Leinster council chairman, Kilkenny GAA chairman and Kilkenny player and manager.

Secretary – David O’Brien. Principal of The Heath NS and member of Clonad GAA. A member of the backroom team when Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett was manager of the Laois senior hurlers.

Niall Collins (Former Intercounty Footballer/Solicitor)  – Former Laois footballer and employee with Mason Hayes & Curran, Law Firm dealing with Strategic and Commercial Advice).

Maurice Deegan (Club & Intercounty Referee) – Current inter-county referee who has taken charge of three All Ireland senior finals. Former Stradbally Parish Gaels chairman.

Liam Delaney (Chairperson Fixture Review Committee) – Originally from the Errill club he has chaired the Fixture Review Committee for the last number of years.

Michael Dempsey (Former Intercounty Footballer & Manager/Kilkenny Senior Hurling Selector/IT Carlow) – Former Laois footballer and manager who has been a selector with the Kilkenny senior hurlers for a number of years.

Eamon Jackman (Former Mentor Minor Hurling/Secondary School Vice Principal) – From the Ballinakill club, he has played hurling with Laois and Ballinakill and is now also coaching Kilkenny club Erins Own in Castlecomer. Current chairman of the Ballinakill juvenile club

Kieran Kehoe (Laois County Council) – Member of the O’Dempsey’s GAA club and a former player. Director of Services with Laois County Council

John Kelly (Club Chairperson) – Chairman of Park-Ratheniska GAA club

Richard Kennedy (Club Chairperson) – Chairman of Abbeyleix GAA club.

Shane Maher (Club Secretary/Cumann na mBunscol) – Secretary of Clough-Ballacolla GAA club and the incoming chairman of Laois Cumann na mBunscol.

Steven Miller (Owner, LaoisToday.ie) – Owner of the online local news portal LaoisToday.ie.

Ross Munnelly (Laois footballer) – Current Laois footballer and Head of Sports Development Services in Dublin City University.

Ger Slevin (Mentor Minor Football) – A selector on the Laois minor and U-17 football teams this season, he played underage with Laois and is from the O’Dempsey’s club.

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