County Board Draw launched

AT April’s County Board meeting, the board launched their new revenue spinner as the 2011 Coiste Chontae Lú Prize draw was unveiled.

AT April’s County Board meeting, the board launched their new revenue spinner as the 2011 Coiste Chontae Lú Prize draw was unveiled.

The draw, which has a grand total prize of €25,000 costs €20 per ticket and is available from seven clubs throughout the county.

As part of the new scheme, the funds raised through sales of tickets will go directly to Louth GAA, and will also assist clubs in their own fund-raising ventures.

The draw was launched at the Naomh Mairtins Clubrooms in Monasterboice and there will be ten top prizes to win in the draw, which will be made on July 15, 2011.

The top prize, of course is the whopping €25,000 jackpot, with second and third prize being €5,000 and €2,500 respectively.

Following that, the prizes for fourth to tenth are as follows; €2,000, €1,250, €750, €500, €250, two All-Ireland Final tickets and one All-Ireland Final ticket.

Tickets are now available from the following clubs; Hunterstown Rovers, St Joseph’s, John Mitchels, St Patrick’s, Stabannon Parnells, Geraldines and Naomh Mairtin.

Tickets for the fundraising draw will also be available from the Management Committee and other outlets.

The County Board meeting also saw the presentation of new training gear to Louth GAA coaches, Padraig Rath, Declan Byrne, Shane Lennon and the introduction of the new Louth GAA Games Manager, Francis McMullen.

In other news from the County Board Meeting, Chairman Padraic O’Connor expressed his disappointment with clubs who are refusing to release players for the Louth Regional Competition, also known as the Dixon Cup.

The competition, which is something Peter Fitzpatrick supports as it gives him an opportunity to see players who are on the fringes of the Louth senior team and could make the junior team to face Kildare is already underway, but so far some teams have been struggling to fill their squads, with some teams having great difficulty in getting substitutes for games.

This is partly due to clubs who are refusing to release their big name stars, something O’Connor asked clubs to be realistic and let their players participate in the competition, as it would raise the standard of football in Louth.

The County Ground issue was also brought up at the April meeting, as Chairman O’Connor revealed that he will come back to delegates, either at the June or July meeting with sound proposals for the development of a new ground at DkIT or a redevelopment plan for the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda.

Currently, the board are awaiting for a scaled down plan for DkIT to be presented to them after Croke Park turned down the initial large scale plan due to the heavy cost involved.

Armagh’s Franis McMullen was introduced as the new Louth Coaching and Games Development Manager . McMullen, an Armagh native will be supported by Shane Lennon, Mairead McGahon, Declan Byrne and Padraig Rath for the 2011 campaign in Louth.