Maher steps down as Laois hurling manager

July 10, 2024

Willie Maher. ©INPHO/James Lawlor.

Laois are the latest county to find themselves on the lookout for a new senior hurling manager after Willie Maher stepped down last night.

The news came as a surprise after the Tipperary native guided the O'Moore County back to Division 1 of the Allianz League this year and also reached the Joe McDonagh Cup final, only to lose narrowly to neighbours Offaly. But despite making progress, Maher has decided not to seek a third year at the helm.

”After careful consideration, I have decided to step down from my position as Manager of the Laois Senior Hurling Team effective immediately," he said in a statement released through Laois GAA.

“This decision was not made lightly, but after much reflection, I believe it is the right time for me to step away at this point. I am proud of what we achieved together during my tenure and grateful for the dedication and hard work of the players, coaching staff, and supporters.

“A special thank you to Eamon Jackman and Sean Flynn who, apart from being exceptionally innovative and brilliant coaches, provided me with sound council and advice through the challenges and opportunities that come with managing and achieving high performance with an elite group of sportsmen. Our Strength and Conditioning Coach David Moriarty was a super addition to our team in 2024 and the players benefited considerably in their athletic development.

“By winning Division 2 in 2024 we have earned the right to play in Division 1 hurling in 2025 and were a puck of a ball away from a return to the Leinster Senior Championship. The transition of seven new players into the McDonagh final team is testament to the quality of players coming through in Laois and I have no doubt that the team is set up for success with all players available in the county committing to our senior panel in 2024.

“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the players, the backroom team, the county board and, of course, supporters for their unwavering support during my tenure. It has been a privilege to manage such a talented and committed group and to be a part of the wonderful Laois Hurling community.

“Finally, I would like to thank my family and the families of all involved in the Laois senior hurling playing and back-room teams. Your support and understanding allows us all the opportunity to compete to the highest standards of performance. We appreciate it and the impact that has on our loved ones.

”I wish the team every success in the future and will always remain a passionate supporter of Laois hurling.”


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