Laois GAA have created new honorary positions for two legendary figures within the county.
The role of Laois GAA president has been vacant since the death of Sean Ramsbottom last May.
But under an initiative put forward by current county board chairman PJ Kelly, two long-standing former officials are set to fill the new president and vice-president roles for a three-year term.
The president’s role in counties across the country is generally an honorary position with no workload – and they’re invariably filled by individuals who have made a huge contribution to the association over their lifetime.
Michael Carroll from Abbeyleix, who was Laois GAA secretary from 1980 to 1999, is set to be the new president.
Michael was secretary when Laois GAA redeveloped O’Moore Park in the early 1980s and also had a bird’s eye view as the Laois hurlers enjoyed a golden era of sorts in the early and mid 80s.
The new vice-president is Dick Miller from Timahoe, who was chairman of Laois GAA from 2000 to 2008.
His tenure as chairman was a hugely productive on also, one that saw a considerable county board debt cleared, the new stand built in O’Moore Park and massive success for the county’s footballers – including Leinster senior and All Ireland minor glory in 2003.
Miller will take over as president following the completion of his three-year term as vice-president, after which a new vice-president will be appointed.
“I personally think we should acknowledge the work done over the years by some of the great Laois Gaels,” said chairman PJ Kelly.
“People like Michael and Dick have served in many different roles and have made a huge contribution to Laois GAA during their long involvement.
“I’m delighted to bring this initiative forward and that it was passed by both the county executive and county committee.”
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