After several departures in recent years, Laois GAA has appointed a new Games Development Officer.
Conor Shannon, from Lisdoonvarna in Clare, began his new role with the county last week.
Primarily linked to the hurling end of the county, the addition of Shannon comes as a boost to the county following the departures of Peter Hally, Colm Begley, Andrew Kavanagh and Ciaran Muldowney in the last few years.
It now means that Games Development Manager Mike Henchy has Donie Brennan, Jason Coffey and Conor Shannon at his disposal as Games Development Officers.
Shannon, who plays football for St Breckan’s in Clare, has just finished his degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Limerick – where he graduated with First Class Honours.
His coaching CV is rather impressive. He has spent time with the Clare senior hurlers, Limerick U-20 footballers and Clare ladies footballers.
Last year, Conor was involved with the UL intermediate camogie team that won the All-Ireland.
Speaking to LaoisToday, Conor explained what his role is likely to entail and while he has experience in both codes – his focus will largely be on hurling.
Conor said: “Over the last four years, I have had a big interest in coaching and I’m very passionate about it – so I’m delighted to get the opportunity here.
“I was actually out with some schools this week because luckily we are still able to get in to them.
“It is important for the kids to have activity and it is great to be able to go in there.
“We should be able to run some foundation coaching courses in the remainder of the year and we have plenty of webinar sessions planned too.
“We’re very busy and we’re trying to do the best that we can in the Covid-19 circumstances that we operate in now.
“Having played both football and hurling myself, hopefully that will help me but my main focus here will be on the hurling side of things.”