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Two Laois minors set for incredibly busy end to May

Niall Carey and Ciarán Byrne are set for an incredibly busy end to the month
Niall Carey and Ciarán Byrne are set for an incredibly busy end to the month

Last year, the GAA performed the most radical revamp of their schedule of games in their history.

As well as changing age grades and moving games around to provide more time for clubs, they also carried out big changes to the way the minor competitions are run.

Instead of the traditional Leinster minor hurling and football championships of a knock-out with a backdoor formula, this has been changed to groups.

So what this now means is more games – which is great but maybe not so great if you are a dual player.

And that is exactly what Ciarán Byrne and Niall Carey are.

So far, both of these lads played for their county twice in May and they are set to do it four more times before we reach the end of the month – four games in the next 11 days to be exact.

Byrne, who plays football with Ballyroan-Abbey and hurling with Abbeyleix, started in both of the games.

They Heywood CS student was corner back for the footballers in their win over Longford and then on Saturday he lined out at wing forward, scoring two points, in the hurlers loss to Wexford.

Meanwhile, Portlaoise’s Niall Carey was wing back for the footballers against Longford and kicked a great point in their 1-12 to 0-11 win.

The Portlaoise CBS student was on the bench against Wexford but came on early in the second half in the defeat.

Up next for the pair is the Laois minor hurlers home clash with Dublin on Saturday in O’Moore Park at 3.30pm.

Four days later, on Wednesday May 23, they are off to Wexford Park again but this time with the minor footballers.

Then on Friday May 25, Carey and Byrne will be back in O’Moore Park with the hurlers against Kilkenny in their final group match.

And their crazy run of matches will come to an end on May 30 in O’Moore Park once again as the footballers host Carlow in their penultimate group match.

Both lads will then get a well deserved break until June 16 when the minor hurlers are back in action in a quarter final.

Laois have been placed in Tier 1 of the minor hurling championship and will progress to the quarter finals regardless of where they finish.

Anyway, both Laois minor football boss Donncha Phelan, and minor hurling gaffer Enda Lyons, will be hoping the duo come through this crazy period unscathed.

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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.