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Tributes paid as long-serving Laois County Board member departs

Laois GAA chairman Peter O’Neill led the tributes as one of Laois GAA’s longest serving officials took part in his final meeting on Monday night.

The Heath GAA’s Tom Jones will officially step down from the Laois County Board executive at the County Convention next month.

The retired Garda joined the County Board over 35 years ago and is the longest serving member of the current board.

He joined the board in 1984 and served as assistant secretary, secretary and vice-chair of the juvenile board in the early years.

He was juvenile chairman for a long time where his after match presentation speeches were always memorable and he later served as Development Officer.

Jones, who is originally from Longford, was also chairman of the Laois-Offaly Feile in 2009 and was Event Controller in O’Moore Park for decades.

Tom Jones’ five year term as Leinster Council delegate has now come to an end and he confirmed that he will not be seeking a different position.

Laois GAA Chairman Peter O’Neill said: “I want to say a special thank you to Tom Jones who has given a lifetime of service to our county.

“He represented us with great esteem in every role he held both within the county and at provincial level.

“He certainly won’t be going away and now he can enjoy taking his grandchildren to the matches.”

Models Tom Jones and Laois hurler Eoin Reilly with Ann Duff organizer of the 2012 Laois GAA Fashion Show
Picture: Alf Harvey.

O’Neill confirmed that Jones is not the only member of the current executive who is stepped away as so too is Pat O’Sullivan.

The Public Relations Officer is stepping away to contest the role with Leinster GAA instead.

2015 Rounders player of the year Ruairi Tracey, The Heath is presented with his award by Tom Jones at the Laois GAA awards

Paschal McEvoy’s term as Leinster Council delegate, PJ Kelly’s term as Development Officer and Kieran Leavy’s spell as assistant treasurer are all over too as they have served their five years.

However, it is believe that they may contest separate roles at the Convention on Monday December 9 in the Midlands Park Hotel.

Tom Jones (Laois GAA); David Brennan (St. Joseph’s captain); Tony Connolly (The Heath captain) and Joe Brennan (referee) with the Kelly Cup before the Kelly Cup final at Crettyard.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Laois Juvenile chairman Tom Jones presents the trophy to Portlaoise captain Gareth Dillon.
Photo: Alf Harvey.

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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.