Laois GAA recently lost one of their longest serving coaches in Andrew Kavanagh who has stepped down from his position after being in the job for over seven years.
This is the latest departure from the Laois Development Office as they also lost the services of Colm Begley and Ciaran Muldowney within the last year.
In his time with Laois GAA the Rathdowney-Errill clubman and older brother of Laois hurling star Mark was heavily involved with youth squads and development of players.
He will be badly missed as he has sown many seeds in Laois which we are starting to see the dividends of now.
A lot of the younger players in the Laois squad that had an incredible year were coached by Andrew at juvenile level.
On their Twitter page Mountrath Community Schoo said “Our U16 and Senior hurlers today presented a thank you gift to outgoing CLG Laois GDA Andrew Kavanagh for all his work in Mountrath CS over the last number of years.
“A pleasure to work with and a big loss. Huge thanks Andrew from all at MCS!”
Laois GAA also put up a farewell piece on facebook which said “Today we bid farewell to our former lead GDA Andrew Kavanagh as he heads for a different career challenge.
“His knowledge and expertise around all players will be sadly missed.
“He put in so much work on the ground for Laois GAA some of what he sowed we now reap. A true Gentleman.”
His absence will surely be noted and Laois GAA will be less off without him. We wish him all the best in the future wherever his career takes him.
Speaking at Monday’s Laois County Board meeting, Coaching Officer Fergal Byron informed the meeting that Laois were on the lookout for two new GDAs.
He said: “We are looking to fill the position of a hurling only GDA and a general GDA.
“We wish Andrew all the best. He certainly left his mark in this county and will continue to do so wherever he goes.”