SEAMUS 'Cheddar' Plunkett has been formally ratified as the new Laois hurling manager.
Portlaoise man Plunkett and ex-county star Paul Cuddy were asked to try to find a manager when it proved difficult to get someone to replace ex-Cork dual star Teddy McCarthy, who had left after just one season.
McCarthy's predecessor Brendan Fennelly also left after just one year and Laois have had serious difficulties in getting someone to take over.
But there is a feeling that Plunkett, manager of the county minors for the past two years and who led them to a Leinster semi-final this year, was an obvious candidate for the job and should have been asked to do it earlier.
It was confirmed last night that Cuddy will be part of his backroom team and Pat Critchley, who was a selector with the minors, will take over at their helm while Tony Doran is set to continue as U-21 manager.
Meanwhile, former government minister Noel Dempsey is among those nominated for the position of Meath treasurer. A vacancy still exists after no one was prepared to take on the job at the recent county convention.
Dempsey, his brother Brendan (a former county chairman), former county secretary Cyril Creavin, Peter Meehan and Cathal Seoighe have now been nominated. Meath's accounts showed a deficit of €180,000 and the election of the new treasurer will take place at the adjourned convention, which is scheduled for January 14.