Right, this is where I earn my worth.
Sen Dempsey, brother of Mick, Martin (Miley) and PJ Demspey all of who have played for Laois. Mick Demspey is a former Laois football manager and has been a selector with Kilkenny for the past 3 years and is highly thought of by Cody.
Sen has been heavily involved with Laois GAA coaching for over a decade now, taking on U12-U16 development squads, and took over the Laois minors in the early 2000's. He lead Laois to an All Ireland title in 2003 (after coming through the back door, losing to Dublin in the Leinster final, but beating them convincingly after a replay in the All Ireland final).
He managed Laois to the Leinster minor title in 2004, before losing out to Kerry in the All Ireland semi final. This was a controversial defeat for Laois after the row down in Cork (a game which I attended and will forever hold a grudge against Michael Shields as a result) robbed us disgracefully of Brendan Quigley for the semi final. The one that got away for this Laois side.
Sen then moved onto the U21's, leading Laois to 3 provincial titles in a row. They lost out to Cork to a last minute Daniel Goulding goal in injury time in the All Ireland U21 final of 2007 which was fucking heartbreaking as its a tile we've been trying to win since the miors broke through in 1996.
He was a selector with Liam Kearns in 2007 but got out at the end of last year. Bandage is right, he was courted by Wexford last season but preferred to hold out for the Laois job.
He's a dedicated man, who in fact was over the Laois U21's and the Laois U14 and 16 development panels last year. Many in Laois had hoped he'd bring his brother Mick in with him on the ticket, but Cody is determined to go for the 4 in a row and Mick wanted to be part of that, which is fair enough I guess. He'll still be there I'm sure for Sean to bend his ear should he need him.
Spot on about the 3 fellas taking over the hurling, whatever you say about Laois hurling, there'll be fucking pride in the jersey again thats for sure.
Not to run down anything the likes of Fox or Paudge done mind you, they are fine hurling men. Dollard, Peacock and Rigney never spared the timber, and there are some talented hurlers coming through the ranks in Laois, as I'm sure Fran or Locke will tell you if either of them were at recent Minor or U21 games between the County's.
We just need to keep the hurlers hurling, and not be losing them to the football which I dont think will happen as much now as it used to.
Both are positive appointments.