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Laois GAA on the hunt for new Games Development Officer as Muldowney takes career break

Laois GAA will be on the look-out for a new Games Development Officer as their longest serving one has requested a career break.

Ciaran Muldowney, a Kilkenny native, has worked in Laois since 2001.

He played all his juvenile and adult hurling with Conahy Shamrocks.

Muldowney won the All-Ireland JHC with his club in 2008, while he also lists All-Ireland A Schools with St Kieran’s (1992) as part of his achievements.

In 2008 he was coach for the Kilkenny Intermediate Hurlers who won the All-Ireland with players such as Johnjo Farrell, Conor Fogarty and Paul Murphy on the panel.

Since Muldowney started working with Laois GAA in 2001, he has been instrumental in working closely with the Setanta Hurling Program, Coach Education, Club/School Link Coaching Scheme, Go-Games Hurling and also Laois GAA Cul Camps.

Numbers for the Cul Camps have grown from 600 to 2462 in recent years and a lot of that is put down to the hard work of Muldowney and his colleagues.

Ciaran has completed Foundation Hurling, Award 1 Child, Youth & Adult, Award 2 Child Coaching Courses and is also a tutor for Leinster GAA.

It is understood that Muldowney applied to Leinster GAA for a one-year leave of absence and his request was granted.

Leinster GAA will now decide who will fill in for Muldowney who is expected to finish up in the coming weeks.

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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.