Laois GAA Coaching Contacts

Games Manager

Niall Handy


Mobile Number: 087-6868482

E-mail: secretary.laois@gaa.ie


Lead GDA/ Hurling GDA

Andrew Kavanagh


About Me: Andrew hails from Rathdowney and has been working with Laois GAA since 2012. A graduate of Waterford IT with a Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Recreation and Sport Management, he has won Laois SHC medals with Rathdowney Errill 2008,2010 and 2014. In 2013 he was part of the St Fergal's, Rathdowney management which won the All-Ireland A Vocational Schools title, while also working with the Laois Minor Hurlers. 

Since Andrew started in Laois GAA he has worked closely with all aspects of hurling coaching including the County Council Initiatives, Setanta Hurling Program, Coach Education, Player Pathway and Club Development. 

Andrew has completed Foundation Hurling, Award 1 Child, Youth & Adult, Award 2 Child Coaching Courses and is also a tutor for Leinster GAA.


Mobile Number: 087-1257517

E-mail: andrew.kavanagh.gda.laois@gaa.ie


Hurling GDA

Ciarán Muldowney


About Me: Ciaran hails from Kilkenny and played all his juvenile and adult hurling with Conahy Shamrocks. He won the All-Ireland JHC with his club in 2008, while he also lists All-Ireland A Schools with St Kieran's (1992) as part of his achievements. In 2008 he was coach for the Kilkenny Intermediate Hurlers who won the All-Ireland with players such as Johnjo Farrell, Conor Fogarty and Paul Murphy on the panel. 

Since Ciaran started working with Laois GAA in 2001 he has been instrumental in working closely with the Setanta Hurling Program, Coach Education,  Club/School Link Coaching Scheme, Go-Games Hurling and also Laois GAA Cul Camps. Numbers for the Cul Camps have grown from 600 to 2462 in recent years. 

Ciaran has completed Foundation Hurling, Award 1 Child, Youth & Adult, Award 2 Child Coaching Courses and is also a tutor for Leinster GAA.


Mobile Number: 085-8351131

E-Mail: ciaran.muldowney.gda.laois@gaa.ie


Football GDA

Colm Begley


About Me: Hailing from Stradbally, Colm has represented his county at all levels while also representing Ireland 7 times in the International Rules Series. At 18 years of age he left Ireland to play Professional Football with Australian Rules' clubs Brisbane Lions and St Kilda. 

After returning home he then joined with Dublin club Parnells while also working as a GDA. In this time he won two Sigerson Cup titles with DCU. After graduating with a degree in Sports Science and Health, he now joins Laois GAA as a GDA while also studying a part-time masters in Strength & Conditioning in IT Carlow. Colm also won a Laois SFC medal with Stradbally in 2016.

Colm has completed Foundation Hurling, Award 1 Child, Youth & Adult and will partake in Award 2 in the near future. 

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Mobile Number: 087-4466604

E-Mail: colm.begley.gda.laois@gaa.ie 


Football GDA

Donal Brennan


About Me:


Mobile Number: 086-7941593

E-Mail: donal.brennan.gda.laois@gaa.ie


Football GDA

James Kelly


About Me: Hailing from Ballinakill, James began working with Laois GAA in 2012. He has worked with a number of Ladies GAA teams while also involved with Heywood Community School underage successes. 

His role with Laois GAA involves heading the Super Game Centre and Coach Education, while also working with his colleagues with O'Mordha Og Football, Laois County Council Initiatives, Super Games Centre, Primary & Secondary School Coaching and Club School Link.

James has completed Foundation Hurling, Award 1 Child, Youth & Adult, Award 2 Child Coaching Courses and is also a tutor for Leinster GAA. He has also graduated from IT Carlow in Leadership & Management Course


Mobile Number: 085-7744397

E-Mail: james.kelly.gda.laois@gaa.ie




Coaching Officer

Pat O'Sullivan


Mobile Number: 087-2441764

E-Mail: coachingofficer.laois@gaa.ie









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