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An absolutely insanely busy five days of GAA in Laois ahead

Nine domestic league finals, an All-Ireland championship semi final, an All-Ireland Qualifier, a camogie championship match and a Leinster semi final.

We here are LaoisToday are going to be up to our eyes over the next five days as the GAA season in Laois goes mad with 13 significant games taking place.

The action all gets underway tonight with two big games down for decision.

Here is a run down of all the games:

WEDNESDAY JULY 4

All-Ireland Ladies U-16 ‘B’ Football Championship Semi Final
Laois v Limerick 7.30pm in Cahir, Tipperary

The Laois Ladies won the Leinster championship six weeks ago following a thrilling victory over Meath.

They take on a Limerick team who enjoyed a 5-5 to 1-6 victory over Clare in the Munster decider.

A place in an All-Ireland final against either Armagh and Clare is up for grabs but Laois will be without two key players tonight – Sarah Larkin and Ciara Byrne.

Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 1 Final
Rathdowney Errill v Camross in Mountrath 7.45pm

The showpiece event of the domestic hurling league calendar takes place in Mountrath this evening.

Rathdowney-Errill will take on reigning champions Camross in a game which promises to be very close.

The aforementioned duo finished level on 11 points with Clough-Ballacolla in the league but a draw sent Rathdowney to the final and pitted Ballacolla against Camross.

The champions came through that game well and will be hoping to do the same tonight.

FRIDAY JULY 6

Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 1A Final
Rathdowney Errill v Rosenallis LOETB Centre of Excellence 7.45pm

The Division 1A final takes place in the LOETB Centre of Excellence with the matter of promotion already decided.

Rosenallis will replace Portlaoise in Division 1 next year as Rathdowney-Errill already have a team in the top tier and cannot have two.

Rathdowney finished the season top of the table while Rosenallis got here after coming through a semi final against Ballinakill last week.

Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 2 Final (Extra time if necessary)
Clough Ballacolla v Slieve Bloom in Colt 7.45pm

At the same time in Colt, another hurling final takes place where promotion and silverware are on the line.

One of Clough-Ballacolla or Slieve Bloom will replace Clonad in Division 1A next year. Clough-Ballacolla’s second team finished top of the table in regulation games.

Slieve Bloom got the better of Borris-Kilcotton in their semi final to reach this stage.

Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 3 Final (Extra time if necessary)
Camross v Park Ratheniska Timahoe in Rathleague 7.45pm

In the first year of their new amalgamation, Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe have qualified for an adult league final.

Martin Langton’s men defeated last year’s beaten league finalists Ballypickas at the weekend in the semi final to reach this stage.

They are up against Camross’ second team who finished top of the table.

SATURDAY JULY 7

All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Round 2
Laois v Carlow 5pm in Mountmellick

The Laois Camogie team will be hoping to bounce back to form when they host Carlow on Sunday.

Laois were well beaten by Cork in their first game and face a Carlow side who have already lost twice.

With both teams needing the win, this local derby may well come down to the wire.

Leinster Minor Football Championship Semi Final
Laois v Meath 12pm in O’Moore Park

Without kicking a ball last night, the Laois minor footballers qualified for the Leinster semi finals.

They won their opening two group games against Longford and Wexford before drawing with Carlow and then losing to Kildare.

What that all meant was that they needed Kildare to defeat Longford last night to get second place in the group – which is what happened.

Despite Meath topping the other group, they travel down to O’Moore Park on Saturday due to a home and away agreement between the two counties.

Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 3 Final (Extra time if necessary)
Portarlington v The Heath in Mountmellick 7.45pm

Portarlington are in Saturday’s final and who they are playing has now been determined.

The Rock faced The Heath in the semi final, which The Heath qualified for by edging out Stradbally last weekend. And The Heath ran out convincing winners here.

Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 5 Final (Extra time if necessary)
Graiguecullen v St Joseph’s in Ballylinan 7.45pm

St Joseph’s are enjoying an incredible year so far as all three of their adult teams have qualified for league finals.

The seniors play O’Dempsey’s in the Division 1A decider while the intermediates will face either Courtwood or Clonaslee-St Manman’s in the Division 2 showpiece.

Graiguecullen are St Joseph’s opponents with the Barrowsiders edging out the Kellyville men by 0-14 to 0-13 when they clashed in the league itself.

Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 4 Final (Extra time if necessary)
St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix v Rathdowney Errill in Shanahoe 7.45pm

Like St Joseph’s above them, Rathdowney-Errill have also qualified for three adult finals and the third of them takes place on Saturday.

They face Abbeyleix in the Division 4 decider and they will hope to already have two pieces of silverware in the bag by the time they throw in the ball here.

Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 5 Final (Extra time if necessary)
Portlaoise v The Harps in Colt 7.45pm

Portlaoise’s first team may have been relegated from Division 1, but their third team are going great guns in Division 5.

They, and The Harps, have beaten everything before them leading up to this final and this should be a bumper affair.

SUNDAY JULY 8

All Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifier Round 4
Laois v Monaghan in Navan 2pm

The big one. John Sugrue’s Laois senior footballers have one more chance to reach the Super 8s when they face Monaghan in Navan.

Laois were last seen in Leinster final defeat to Dublin but the winners of this game can enter the next phase of the competition.

The victors will be in a group with Kerry, Galway and the winners of Fermanagh and Kildare.

Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 4 Final (Extra time if necessary)
Camross v Rosenallis in Mountmellick 7.45pm

And the crazy weekend of football and hurling finals will come to an end on Sunday evening in Mountmellick.

And for the second year running, the footballers from Camross and Rosenallis will contest league honours.

Camross won the Division 5 decider last year after extra time and the pair are back again in the Division 4 showpiece this time.

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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.