Who are we
● Laois Gaels aim to foster pride and identity for laois supporters
● Connect our supporters with our teams
● Develop a ‘One Team’ culture with players and supporters
The purpose of ‘Laois Gaels’ is to work alongside our county board to raise funds and support for our teams and players to ensure they can perform to their maximum potential. The association will provide support to all teams from Laois development squads to senior teams in all codes. One of the aims of Laois Gaels through the funds it raises, is to launch a welfare and hardship fund for players. The fund will support players in areas like mental health, bereavement and other areas of support that our players may require.
‘Laois Gaels’ will cater for young and old and will have specific benefits for Laois businesses to connect our county teams with local SME’s in a mutual support relationship.
Chairperson of Laois Gaels is none other that Laois GAA Football legend Leo Turley. Former Laois and O’Dempsey’s footballer Leo has been involved in financial services for 30 years. 20 of those have been spent as a self employed Mortgage Broker/Financial Adviser. A qualified GAA, rugby and SAQ level 1 and 2 coach, Leo has spent 20 years in club management in Laois, Meath, Carlow and Kildare. A Laois senior footballer for 14 years, Leo managed his native O’Dempsey’s to intermediate glory in 2016.
Working with Laois Gaels alongside Leo is Laois GAA vice Treasurer Bryan Breen, Oonagh Maher of Clough/Ballacolla GAA Club, Paul Dargan of Graiguecullen GAA, former Laois Footballer MJ Tierney from Ballyroan Abbey Gaa, Sile Burbage of Portarlington Gaa and Seamus Dooley Rosenallis GAA.