One of Laois’s greatest ever footballers has been confirmed as part of the new management team for the Laois seniors.
Laois GAA have announced that Brian ‘Beano’ McDonald has agreed to join Billy Sheehan’s team and will fill the role of coach/selector.
Arles-Kilcruise’s Chris Conway will also hold a similar position to McDonald.
Arles-Killeen’s McDonald was a fan’s favourite from the time he was about 16 – making his Laois senior debut when he was still minor.
He was a star of the 2003 Leinster-winning team – unlucky not to win an All-Star that year – and was one of the best forwards the county ever produced.
McDonald won three Leinster minor titles (1996, 1997 and 1998) and also two All-Ireland minor titles (1996 and 1997).
Beano was a bit of a magician on the field, a household name across the country who represented club, county, province and country.
At club level, he played in three senior county finals with Arles-Killeen and has acted as a selector with them over the years.
This was a role that he also had with the Laois minors under Mark Rooney in 2016 when they reached the Leinster final.
Alongside Conway and McDonald, Gerry McGill has also been confirmed as a selector.
A former goalkeeper for Annanough and Emo, he has a wealth of experiencing in coaching in both the men’s and ladies game.
He previously served in this role under Tomas O Flatharta in 2014 and 2015.
Billy Sheehan and his management team, following their recommendation from the selection committee last week, will be put forward for formal ratification at the Laois County Committee Meeting on Monday October 18.