AT the Louth County Board Convention, Chairman Padraic O'Connor urged Louth Gaels to get behind the new 'Louth and Proud GAA Yearbook' which was produced by the Dundalk Democrat.
Praising the new 400 page official book, O'Connor was keen to remind delegates that proceeds from the book will go directly to Louth GAA and that the venture is the only official book sanctioned by the county board on the market.
LOUTH and Proud 2010, the official yearbook of the Louth County Board went on sale last Friday
with a series of launches in both Dundalk and Drogheda on Saturday, December 11 to mark the occasion.
Members from the county football, hurling and ladies teams marked the occasions by signing books for supporters throughout the county.
Louth and Proud 2010 was produced by The Dundalk Democrat, who have been covering GAA in the Wee County from the very beginning, and printed by Anglo Printers in Drogheda with proceeds from the book going back to the County Board.
Keeping the project entirely based in County Louth, it was also sponsored by the award-winning
Cooley Distillery, meaning all areas of the county were represented in the yearbook's make-up. With over 400 pages of content, Louth &Proud 2010 features a comprehensive round-up of the fortunes of all 42 clubs in the county over the last 12 months, as well as interviews with the likes of All Star winner Paddy Keenan and County Board Chairman Padraic O'Connor and a not- to-be-missed competition for a member of each club in the county to have their boots personalised by local company, MyBoot.
At the convention, Chairman O'Connor said: "This year, Louth GAA entered into an agreement with the Dundalk Democrat to produce the only sanctioned Louth yearbook. We wish to thank the Dundalk Democrat for this fabulous publication and we ask all clubs to support the journal as it is recognised as the principal journal for Louth GAA in the years to come.
"This book was published by one of the most respected houses in Louth, The Dundalk Democrat which has supported Louth GAA in the last generation.
"A company which stood up and became one of our main supporters and sponsors this year for which we thank and owe a debt of gratitude. This publication is being printed in Drogheda by another one of our sponsors, Anglo Printers. For the first time in many years, we are ensuring that the Louth and Proud GAA yearbook is supporting our own sponsors, promoters and followers in Louth."
However, O'Connor was disappointed that some people had contributed to a rival publication and shared his feelings to delegates.
"We find it disappointing to note that despite numerous reminders and written articles on the fact that the Dundalk Democrat were our approved partners for the annual book, we have a member of the Minor Board executive and another prominent Louth Gael listed as one of the contributors to a rival publication.
"We also believe that an article of support for the rival publication was placed on the gsport L website, without any prior approval and when asked to remove same, the individual refused to do so.
Needless to say, we have taken necessary action to have this unapproved article removed and we will be discussing the matter further at our first county board meeting in January."
O'Connor added that the actions of some comments in the Minor Board notes, that had to be explained at the meeting undermined the work of the executive.
The book is on sale at all good book stores in Co Louth.