• Home
  • /
  • GAA
  • /
  • 'Slap In The Face': Laois Chairman Slates Leinster Council Over Dubs Match Venue

'Slap In The Face': Laois Chairman Slates Leinster Council Over Dubs Match Venue

'Slap In The Face': Laois Chairman Slates Leinster Council Over Dubs Match Venue
By Conor Neville
Share this article

The biggest news to emerge from the Laois GAA Convention was, of course, the treatment of the brave and mischievous soul manning the Leinster Express Sport twitter account.

He/she was ordered by the chairman to stop tweeting and taking the piss, an event which represented an escalation in the current war being waged against the scourge of social media by the county boards of the country.

Naturally, this incident dominated all subsequent discussion about the convention. However, other details have emerged from that tumultuous night in the Heritage.

The venue for Laois's possible quarter-final meeting with Dublin in next year's Leinster championship was inevitably discussed.

The many equality and fairness advocates within the association rejoiced when it was disclosed that Bernard Brogan would finally be playing a championship match outside of Jones's Road.


Dublin were drawn to face the winners of Laois/Wicklow in the quarter-final. However, there will be no away game for Dublin. If Laois win, the game will be fixed for Nowlan Park in Kilkenny rather than O'Moore Park in Portlaoise.

Lest anyone think that Laois are being too presumptuous in their outrage over the venue for their not yet confirmed clash with the Dubs, one should remember that the venue controversy only applies to them. Should Wicklow win, Dublin will be togging out in Croke Park once more.


On Facebook last month, the Laois vice-chairman Peter O'Neill described the decision to send the game to Nowlan Park as 'an absolute disgrace' and

Bursting our ass off fundraising to improve GAA facilities and the game in the county. Bringing the game into isn't going to improve it.... Be better off playing it in Croke Park but wait for it maybe that was the plan all along.

And this week chairman Gerry Kavanagh went through the Leinster Council for a shortcut in his speech, lambasting them for the decision to fix the game for Kilkenny.


He called their integrity into question and charged them with behaving in a petty and vindictive manner.

The slap in the face to us is because of the perceived preferential treatment that was given to our county by its (the Leinster Council) former CEO (Michael Delaney). I have no doubt that that is the reason, and people are saying ‘well, now we’ll show them who is in charge’. If I am correct, and that is the case, I know of no greater insult to the former CEO.

I also believe the integrity of the Leinster Council has been damaged irreparably, I can’t see where the integrity can be repaired, I’m disgusted.

The Irish Examiner reported that Kavanagh had written to the Leinster Council seeking a response. He received no explanation for their decision.

Read more: Laois Vice-Chairman Slates GAA On Facebook Over Staging Dubs Game In Nowlan Park

Join The Monday Club Have a tip or something brilliant you wanted to share on? We're looking for loyal Balls readers free-to-join members club where top tipsters can win prizes and Balls merchandise

Processing your request...

You are subscribed now!

Share this article

Copyright © 2023. All rights reserved. Developed by Square1 and powered by PublisherPlus.com