This year five Laois teams – three in hurling and two in camogie – will be heading to Connacht for this year’s Feile na nGael.
Castletown-Slieve Bloom, Ballinakill and Na Fianna hurlers, The Harps camogie and O’Moores camogie are all representing Laois in their respective codes and divisions.
The weekend begins on Friday the each team playing two matches in the evening.
On Saturday morning they play the remaining team in their group, which will decide if they reach the Shield or Cup competitions.
Quarter-finals in both the Shield and Cup take place on Saturday afternoon with Connacht GAA Centre hosting the semi-final and finals on Sunday.
Here is a run down on each of the teams:
Castletown-Slieve Bloom – Hurling
Castletown-Slieve Bloom are representing Laois in Division 2 of the Feile after defeating neighbours Camross in the Laois ‘A’ Feile final in April.
The last time Castletown-Slieve Bloom represented Laois in the Feile na nGael was in Dunloy in 2014, and Tom Phelan’s side are raring to go as they head to Ballinasloe this weekend.
They take on Ballinasloe in Ballinasloe on Friday at 5.45pm and face Down’s Feile winners at 6.30pm.
They then take on Clare side Eire Og from Ennis in their final group match on Saturday morning.
CASTLETOWN-SLIEVE BLOOM: Rory Kelly; Patrick O’Connor, Jay Cuddy, Raymond Goode, Killian Breen, Aaron Phelan, Joe Dowling, Jack Breen, Conor Doran, Jamie Phelan, Jack McKelvey, Sean Peters, Ethan Neville, Ciaran McKelvey, Ryan Peters, Josh Palmer, Mark Doyle, Alan Dollard, Sean Og Delaney, Sean Og Byrne
Ballinakill – Hurling
Ballinakill are taking on the forces of Galway and Armagh as they compete in the Division 4 Feile over the weekend.
The men in maroon travel to Clonfert on Friday to play Mountbellew Moylough at 5pm and the winners of the Armagh Feile after that.
On Saturday they face a second Galway side, Meelick Eyecourt, in Clonfert at 10.45am.
From there, they will either play in the quarter-finals in Cup competition or Shield competition in New Inn, Woodmount or Cappataggle.
The winners of these will head to their respective semi-finals, in either the Connacht GAA Centre for the Cup semi-finalists, or Ballyhunis or Tooreen for the Shield semi-finals. All finals will be played in Connacht GAA Centre in Claremorris, Co. Mayo.
BALLINAKILL: Michael Fleming, Andrew McDonagh, Liam Kehoe, Cahir Costigan, Ethan Drury, Brian Duggan, Bill McGrath, Ryan Quinlan, Jack Delaney, Robbie Kennedy, James O’Mahony, Darragh Cahill, Tomas Moore, Carlos Fitzpatrick, Ben O’Meara, Andrew Kennedy, William Healy, Jamie Gorman.
Na Fianna – Hurling
Na Fianna are an amalgamation of Mountmellick and Ballyfin at juvenile level and they are off to the Feile despite not winning either Laois edition.
They have been invited to go and will compete in Division 7.
They will face Galway sides Tuam and Padraig Pearses on Friday before playing a team from Antrim on Saturday.
We will bring you their panel once we get it.
NA FIANNA: Jack Lalor, Luke Makim, Rory Culleton, Daniel McEvoy, Jake Colbert, Liam Connolly, Jack Gorman, Glen Connolly, Oren Callanan, Conor Byrne, Ciaran Culliton, Jack Heffernan, Dylan Kelly, David Duff, Jack Weston, Sam Brennan, Patrick Dowling, Eoin Delaney, Owen Bell, Matthew Kearney, Conor O’ Rourke, Darragh Coss, Pierce Rowney
The Harps – Camogie
The Harps broke a 16 year spell as they were crowned Laois ‘A’ winners of the Feile for the first time since 2002. The girls will be in division three of the competiton and are being hosted by Ahascragh Caltra of Galway.
They begin their campaign against Killimor of Galway on Friday before taking on the winner’s of the Tipperary ‘B’ competition later that evening.
On Saturday they go to Fohenagh to play Ahascragh/Caltra from Galway. From there, they will go into either the Shield or Cup quarter-finals to be played on Saturday afternoon.
The Shield and Cup semi-finals are played on Sunday morning, with the winners of these progressing to the final in Connacht GAA Centre on Sunday afternoon.
THE HARPS: Cara Henderson, Abbi Townsend, Ella Henderson, Kayla Dwyer, Orla Whyte, Una Brophy, Lisa Kirby, Aisling Townsend, Emma Delaney, Katie Healy, Rachel Deegan, Amy Lacey, Lucy O Connor, Abbey Townsend, Brid Drennan, Blathnaid Deegan, Emma Delahunty, Rachael Dollard, Caoimhe Doheny, Eva Dunphy, Orla Holland, Eadaoin Whyte, Mia Henderson, Aoife Gee, Georgie Holland Rome.
O’Moores – Camogie
The O’Moores girls are venturing to Portumna for their Division 4 competition.
Crusheen from Clare will be the first team O’Moores will face, followed by St Rynagh’s from neigbouring Offaly. Portumna are then awaiting O’Moores in their home pitch on Saturday at 10am.
Whichever teams qualify for the Shield quarter-finals will head to Mullagh, Galway while the Cup qualifiers will make their way to Kiltomer or Clontuskert on Saturday.
Sunday will see the Shield semi-finals played in Kiltimagh, Mayo, with the Cup semi-finals gonig to the Connacht GAA Centre. All finals will be played here.
O’MOORES: Caoimhe Egan, Amy McKane, Clodagh Conroy, Aimee Cuddy, Ciara Conroy, Sophie Connolly, Aisling McEvoy, Grace McEvoy, Lucy Conroy, Kim Fitzpatrick, Eve Murphy, Orla Whelan, Amy Flanagan, Ellen Conroy, Katie Smyth, Jenna Griffin, Keelin Conroy, Kora Davis, Emer Dunne, Deirbhile C.Fennell, Mary Grehan, Catherine Hyland, Ruth O’Brien, Ellen Rowney