Portlaoise GAA Games Committee

Portlaoise GAA Games Committee was formed in February 2021.

This was in response to conversations with regard to how best to structure coaching and games development at juvenile and adult level.

It was originally suggested that separate hurling and football committees would be formed. However, given one of our stated aims was to maintain and truly promote the dual ethos of the club, it became clear that we would be better combining both to form a games/games development committee.


Portlaoise is traditionally one of the strongest clubs in the country, with a rich history in both codes. However, as the town continues to grow and develop, numerous challenges and opportunities have presented themselves. Therefore, we need our own unique and authentic club plan in order to attract, retain and nurture more players and coaches. There needs to be a common vision, values and expectations for players and coaches. The Games Committee, in conjunction with the club executive and club coaches, will help facilitate and implement this. 

The Games Committee is defined as:

  • To oversee the skill set focus areas of juvenile teams. 
  • To strongly promote the dual ethos in our club. 
  • To facilitate coach education opportunities, both formal and informal. 
  • To link the development of the player pathway from Juvenile – U20 – Senior. 
  • To plan for the retention of all juvenile players into adult games each year. 
  • To oversee the athletic development of players with an Athletic Development Officer. 
  • To liaise with management of adult teams to ensure they have every resource available to them. 
  • To hold bi-annual meetings with Juvenile/Senior Management Committees. 

 Portlaoise GAA Club Games Committee

  • Aidan Fennelly
  • Tommy Fitzgerald
  • Noel Costelloe
  • Pat Critchley
  • Colm Clear
  • Brian McCormack
  • David Powders
  • Tommy Mulligan

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