While a lot of us were living it up in a field in Stradbally over the weekend, two Laois men were doing something entirely different on the other side of the world.
St Joseph’s goalkeeper Aaron Cooney and Ballylinan forward Cathail Dunne have spent the summer in America.
They have been playing for Donegal Philadelphia and they won the Philadelphia championship two weeks’ ago.
They faced Young Irelander’s in that showdown and both men played a pivotal role.
Cooney saved a penalty and Dunne scored 1-2 in a 4-13 to 5-8 victory that crowned them champions and sent them through to the All-American finals at the weekend.
They took on Canadian side Vancouver in the semi final on Saturday and won that to set up a final against San Francisco champions Young Irelander’s.
They boasted Portlaoise footballer Stuart Nerney in their ranks and they defeated an Ulster Club San Francisco team that had Frank Flanagan, John Kavanagh and Colm Murphy in their ranks.
Nerney was midfield for Young Irelander’s against Donegal Philadelphia but Dunne and Cooney’s men prevailed.
It is a fantastic achievement for the two men who have now returned home.
Cooney will still have football this year as his St Joseph’s team are in the Laois SFC quarter final against Stradbally in two weeks’ time.
But Cathail Dunne will not as his Ballylinan side were knocked out following a replay against O’Dempsey’s last week.