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.
The man behind ‘Laois Gaels’, Bryan Breen, is well known in Laois GAA circles and has been working and will continue to work with our men’s senior football team for the coming season. Bryan was also central on the team that led the ‘Do It For Dan’ campaign which saw over €3 million raised for local Laois boy Dan Donoher for life saving treatment. Bryan has assembled a key working group working alongside him, all of whom are also very well known as long serving contributors to Laois GAA.
Working with Laois Gaels alongside Bryan is Oonagh Maher. Oonagh is Chairperson of Clough/Ballacolla GAA Club having served on the committee for a number of years and is also a member of the Laois GAA PR Committee since 2019.
Paul Dargan is the past PRO for Laois GAA and a man most people know for for capturing the stunning photographs for Laois GAA for the past number of years. A graphic designer, photographer, World Irish Dancing champion and most of all a passionate Laois man.
Also supporting in the development of the association is former Laois footballer MJ Tierney. MJ is assisting the team as an advisor in Marketing. MJ works as European Head of Marketing for Circle K and worked on the ‘Do It For Dan’ campaign with Bryan also.
Another former Laois star who is working with Bryan and the team is O’Dempsey’s 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.
While the sixth member of the group is Rosenallis’ Seamus Dooley. He is the owner of JS Dooley Contracting, a general building contractor which was established in 2006 and based in Portlaoise. Seamus hurled for Laois through the 90s and made 51 appearances at senior level.
Our final and newest committee member is Síle Burbage - hailing from Portarlington she is the current administrator for Laois GAA and newly elected PRO for Laois ladies. A strong love for the GAA and best seen to represent St Conleths on the field.