The Timehoe clubman officially took over from Peter O'Neill.
PJ Kelly was officially elected unopposed as Laois GAA Chairman last night.
He replaces Peter O'Neill who elected not to serve the final year of a five-year term in the top job in the O'Moore County.
The Timahoe clubman spoke glowing of those who sparked his love of the GAA:
“I would not have developed a love for all things GAA if it had not been for the wonderful people involved there who influenced me through my formative years'
I'd particularly like to thank our current chairperson Liam Ramsbottom and further acknowledge two former county board chairmen from Timahoe in Sean Ramsbottom and Dick Miller.'
Congratulations to PJ Kelly @TimahoeGaa who has been elected as Chairman Laois County Board . Tom Clear Clough Ballacolla continues as Vice Chairman . Other contested positions see Richard Kennedy @fungforlife and Brian Allen Trumera GAA as Leinster council delegates.— Laois GAA (@CLGLaois) December 6, 2021
In his last address to his Laois GAA peers, the outgoing Peter O'Neill described serving his county as 'an honour and a pleasure', adding
“I’m delighted to pass over the chairman’s role to PJ Kelly and I’m more than confident that the affairs of the county are in very good hands.
“I believe Laois GAA is in a good place not withstanding some poor results in 2021'.
Their county convention took place in the Midlands Park Hotel last night.
Congratulations to all other executive members who have returned to the positions unopposed . However the position of county PRO remains unfilled.— Laois GAA (@CLGLaois) December 6, 2021