Video: Lively GAA discussion during Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town event in Ballymahon

A central feature of the Ballymahon Enterprise Town event was a wide ranging interview with special guests, RTE's Marty Morrissey, Westmeath Allstar winner and Sunday Game pundit Dessie Dolan and former Longford and Leinster Council Chairperson Martin Skelly. 

The Enterprise Town initiative, rolled out by Bank of Ireland, attracted a significant number of local trade stands to Ballymahon Vocational School last Friday evening and from 6 to 9pm, there was steady footfall at the venue.

Manager of Ballymahon BOI, Robert Keady, was delighted with the success of the event which showcased all that is positive about local enterprise.

MC for the evening was Joe Flaherty, Regional Managing Director Iconic Newspapers, and he had the task of posing the questions to the guest panel.

Marty Morrissey predicted that Jim Gavin's Dublin juggernaut is unlikely to be halted in their bid to retain the Sam Maguire Cup.

While Martin Skelly, recently defeated in his bid to become the GAA's President-elect, hit out the 'Super Eight' format that got the thumbs up at Congress and will be introduced in 2018. He stressed the need for a meaningful competition to be introduced for smaller counties. 

Reservations were also expressed with move to change the dates of the All-Ireland Finals to August. 

Dessie Dolan revealed how his father, Dessie Snr, was manager of local club side Ballymahon in 2002 when they won their only Longford senior football championship title.

He reflected on his own inter-county career with Westmeath and was full some in his praise of Longford's long serving stalwart defender Dermot Brady for his dedication to club and county.

The panel were also united in their opinion that Longford's Paul Barden was one of the greatest forwards to have ever played gaelic football.

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