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WATCH: Brilliant Podge Lawlor Snapchat takeover as Laois hurlers help raise €100k for homeless

Members of the Laois hurlers raising money for the Homeless

The Laois senior hurlers helped raise over €100k for homeless charities last night and one member of the panel became a Snapchat sensation in the process.

Ballinakill defender Podge Lawlor took charge of the LaoisToday account for the night where he was joined on the streets of Portlaoise by several members of Eamonn Kelly’s panel.

They laughed, joked, sang songs and even danced as they went around the town collecting much-needed funds.

And no better man than Podge to help get money into a bucket as he is the type of person you simply couldn’t say no to.

People can also support by donating online at www.gaelicvoicesforchange.com.

All funds raised will go to homeless charities including the Peter McVerry Trust, the Simon Communities, Focus Ireland and the Capuchin Day Centre.

We have put together a short video from Podge’s takeover of the LaoisToday account – but you can watch the full story no Snapchat until this evening. You can also follow the man himself on Snapchat by adding ‘pdogthelog’.

There is also a video of hurlers participating in the sleepout on the CLG Laois Facebook page.

Before all of that, the Laois hurlers actually played a challenge match against Westmeath.

Eamonn Kelly fielded an experimental side and went down in the end by 5-17 to 0-19.

It was a slow start which did the damage in the end as three goals were conceded in the first eight minutes alone.

Laois battled back to make it 3-2 to 0-6 at the midpoint of the half but Westmeath grabbed two more goals before the break to leave it 5-5 to 0-7 at half time.

The O’Moore men introduced experienced players like Cha Dwyer, Willie Dunphy, Paddy Purcell and Leigh Bergin for the second half and they helped to shore up the defence.

Abbeyleix’s Liam Delaney also came on at half time and he was impressive while minor Ciaran Comerford also chipped in with a couple of points.

This game will be Laois’s last until they begin their Walsh Cup campaign away to Kildare on December 30.

LAOIS: Eoin Fleming; Donnacha Hartnett, Conor Phelan, Joe Phelan; Matthew Whelan, James Ryan, Podge Delaney; Jack Kelly, Aidan Corby; Ciarán Comerford, Ross King, Seán Downey; Paddy McCane, Mark Dowling, James Keyes. Subs used: Cha Dwyer, Willie Dunphy, Paddy Purcell, Liam Delaney, Leigh Bergin

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.