A think tank on the future of Louth hurling in the County was held last week in the Fairways Hotel.
Facilitated by Leinster Council GAA, the forum provided the opportunity for all Louth GAA hurling clubs, adult and juvenile, to discuss the development of the small ball game in the county from grass roots level right up the inter county scene.
Led by Paddy Kelly (Meath and Louth Hurling Mentor), Colm Clear (Laois and Leinster Regional Support Officer) and Lester Ryan (Kilkenny and Leinster Regional Support Officer), the well attended event laid the foundation for a process which will see the formation of a new committee to spearhead the outcome of the forum discussions.
It is envisaged that this new committee will draw up a road-map for promoting the game in the future years ahead, based on the forum.
During the discussion, those present, deliberated the strengths and weaknesses of Louth hurling at present with the Louth County Board and in particular, Louth GAA Coaching and Games Manager, Francie McMullen, coming in for special praise for their hard work and dedication at promoting hurling throughout the County.
Outside threats and opportunities to the game in the County were also discussed.
All matters debated at the forum will now be collated and reviewed by the specially formed committee, made up of representatives of Leinster Council GAA, Coiste Iomána, Louth GAA Coaching and Games and co-opted members of Louth GAA hurling clubs.
This new committee, one of the ideas of Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam O’Neill’s on promoting the game, will articulate the thoughts and views of all present to form the the basis of the development and promotion of hurling in the county.
Louth County Board Chairperson, Padraic O’Connor insisted that hurling, handball and the Irish language are areas within the County that have received and will continue to receive the County Board’s support during his term.
He praised the clubs for their dedication to developing hurling within the county, particularly at a grassroots level, acclaiming the great work that is being carried out by Coiste Iomána with their games programme and offering his support to forging stronger ties with Cumann na mBunscol and Cumann na Íar mBunscol at promoting hurling within Louth schools.
The forum concluded with Paddy Kelly thanking all those present for all their contributions.