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Legendary Heath GAA man answers the club call once again

Denis Lalor (left) in action for The Heath a couple of years ago; and main pic with some of tThe Heath junior players on Tuesday night

A good club man will never let you down.

No matter how short of players you are or if you’re struggling to get a team, there’s always a few reliables you can call on.

Denis Lalor from The Heath certainly falls into that catagory. When it comes to Laois football, there is hardly anything he hasn’t done – for club or county.

And with his club’s second team – who play in the Junior ‘A’ championship – playing Ballylinan in Division 3 of the league on Tuesday night, Lalor once again togged out to ensure they had a team.

Now in his early 50s, by our reckoning Denis probably first played for The Heath more than 40 years ago. It’s 31 years since he captained Laois to win a Leinster U-21 title, back in 1987.

He later played throughout the 1980s and 1990s for the Laois seniors where he was a regular at wing-back. He was on the side beaten in the 1991 Leinster final by Meath and captained Laois for a number of seasons too.

Denis also captained the last Heath team to win a senior football championship in 1993. In more recent years, he was part of the championship-winning Junior A side in 2009 and Junior C side in 2010.

Aside from playing, Denis has also been involved behind the scenes. He managed The Heath at various levels including minor and senior and has also served as Laois minor and U-21 manager.

On Tuesday evening, The Heath made the trip to Ballylinan and despite their lack of numbers, they won 2-14 to 0-17, a result that keeps them in the hunt for a semi-final place.

And while Denis was definitely the most experienced player on view, he had a handful of other seasoned players around him – including senior manager Barry McNamee, who kicked an impressive 1-5, long-serving senior player Aidan Bergin, Billy Hennessy and Donal Bigley.

Earlier this month we also saw a father of three current players line up alongside his sons for their junior football local derby.

These men are certainly frontrunners in our next team of Golden Oldies.

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Siún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.