The LaoisToday Snapchat account is something that has really taken off.
For some reason our inane ramblings on a variety of topics is of interest to a considerable number of people. We’re getting new friend requests by the minute, requests to give shout outs and recently requests from all corners of the county – and beyond – for people to take over our Snapchat account for various events.
Such was the success of our first Snapchat takeover – Rosenallis girl Jenny McEvoy providing brilliant coverage of the Rose of Tralee in which her friend Maeve Dunne was representing Laois – that we decided to extend it to numerous other local events.
Oisin Bennett from Camross covered the All Ireland U-16 hurling tournament in Tipperary as well as the Laois SFC game between St Joseph’s and Ballyfin in O’Moore Park. On both occasions he was brilliant. Eoin Bourke from Rathdowney then did a hugely entertaining job on the Junior ‘C’ football final between his club and Castletown.
But it was brought to another level when Mountmellick man Bernard Rochford covered the Junior ‘C’ hurling final between his club mates and neighbours Rosenallis. A former Rose of Tralee escort, a hurler himself and a dairy farmer, he brought all three into his coverage.
He also brought us inside the Mountmellick dressing room before the game, did a walk of the pitch and then provided score updates and a bit of commentary throughout the game. All in his own wonderful sense of humour.
He stands guilty of being a bit biased but such is the nature of these ‘broadcasts’!
Such was the reaction online to his performance that we decided to produce a highlights reel of some of his best bits.
You can watch it all here.
And we also put together a package from Sarah Anne Fitzgerald’s Snapchat story on the All Ireland U-16 ‘B’ Camogie final in Monaghan between Laois and Antrim.
Sarah Anne, who is from Castletown is one of the top Laois camogie players and a great free-taker herself, did an excellent job too, setting the scene brilliantly from the venue in Inniskeen, bringing us the team news, slow-mo footage of some of the scores and a good proportion of good humour.
The scenes at the final whistle capture a joyous occasion and with a great mix of video and photographs she gave viewers a great insight.
You can watch Sarah Anne’s coverage here.
Now we’re looking for more volunteers – be it sport, social or community events. Get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.
FOLLOW OUR SNAPPERS!
Bernard Rochford – @bernardrochford
Sarah Anne Fitzgerald – @fitzsaf
Eoin Bourke – @eoinbourke37
Oisin Bennett – @abennettoisin