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Laois / Re: O’Byrne Cup 2023
« on: January 06, 2023, 09:11:30 PM »
I don't like singling lads out but guaranteed two have been on a panel and the others all asked at least. They don't want to be there. Their choice I suppose

Laois / Re: O’Byrne Cup 2023
« on: January 06, 2023, 07:44:04 PM »
Most of those have had a go. Even though they undoubtedly had potential, they didn't persevere. Unless they come back wanting it more, why would you chase around after them? We are where we are for a million different reasons. I'm sad to say that there have been far too many lads with so much talent who have f**k all fire in their belly. They're no addition to any team

Laois / Re: 2023 National Football League Division 4
« on: December 15, 2022, 08:56:21 AM »
Great to see the Port lads going back in. Good for Laois. Good for Port. Good for the lads themselves.

Laois / Re: Thank you Ross
« on: December 14, 2022, 10:24:48 AM »
Deserves recognition for his excellent and long service to the county. In his prime, as good a forward as we could wish to have. Top class attitude. Top class player

Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: December 06, 2022, 10:11:55 AM »
Laois GAA 2022. No women. No Coaching Officer. No change. Embarrassing

Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: December 06, 2022, 10:01:25 AM »
You're doing your bit. You always come out to defend them, which in itself is admirable. I couldn't be anywhere near them tbh. I think they're rotten to the core

Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: December 06, 2022, 09:38:22 AM »
Are you involved yourself?

Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: December 06, 2022, 09:33:08 AM »
No Coaching Officer. No female representation. No real changes in personnel. You'd have to worry about a set up like that in this day and age. Fair play for coming out and defending that. I expected you would though.

Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: December 06, 2022, 09:23:31 AM »
No making a difference in there. Closed shop.

Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: December 05, 2022, 01:31:05 PM »
An optimistic post JD and we need a bit of that. I probably disagree with pretty much everything you wrote, but I hope you're proved right

Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: December 05, 2022, 10:53:26 AM »
It would make our Intermediate and Junior grades more competitive, and it makes no sense to have 16 senior and 8 intermediate teams; particularly when the standard is so bad. I doubt it would help to increase the overall standard though, because we're clearly not competing, and unable to compete (physically, financially, operationally, skilfully etc etc) with other counties. We're miles behind.

Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: December 04, 2022, 10:09:16 AM »
Are there many in college not playing Butch? You'd expect if they were, they'd be involved

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: December 03, 2022, 09:23:16 AM »
It's incredibly hard to make a name for yourself in Laois. If you have any ambition, it's a real gamble getting involved at any level, simply because all our teams seem to be in decline. Nobody will remember that you worked hard or tried your best. People want winners, and there aren't too many of those in these parts. We find ourselves, at all levels, taking gambles on the unproven, because that's the market we're in.

Who do we blame for the above? Niall Handy says the lack of volunteers. You could turn that on its head and say Laois GAA does not create the right conditions for participation. It's not worth getting involved in. Coaches can't progress. Players can't win anything. Volunteers don't have the time and feel it's pointless. Etc. Etc. The answer probably lies somewhere between the two. It's everybody's fault, including the GAA itself which has made it impossible for Laois and counties like us to compete. We're not the only county in this position. Many of our neighbours are struggling too. Offaly are throwing money at the situation and seem to be getting some results. We don't have the same luxury. We're also, like everyone, fighting the battle against other sports, and with the size of our population, that's a battle we could do without.

You could write a book on this subject. Niall Handy writes his report and we debate on here daily. We've all made up our own minds and all of us think we have a handle on the issue. We probably don't. It's a complex subject.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: December 01, 2022, 10:15:55 AM »
Too easy to blame those who won't volunteer. A ridiculous statement coming from I'm assuming, one of the only well paid employees of Laois GAA. Not that I'm saying it's his fault either, because this issue could never be solved by apportioning blame.

My own opinion is that we are small time. The whole machine of Laois GAA is designed to keep costs down and balance the books. There's no room to employ more coaches, badly needed, or full time employees in the main offices. Also very badly needed. Marketing, admin, website etc. Therefore, if we think small, we are small, and there is no incentive for anyone to go in and volunteer because it's thankless and generally pointless.

We have massive skills shortages across all areas of Laois GAA that in my opinion need financial resourcing, not volunteerism. Where that comes from I have no idea, but that's my take on it.

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