A young Laois rugby player is making his presence felt with highy-regarded Limerick club Young Munster after only joining them a couple of months ago.
Mikey Doran, a Camross native, has impressed up through the age grades with Portlaoise and area representative sides, and played with the club’s first team throughout last season.
But he moved to study in Mary I in Limerick this September after doing his Leaving Cert in Mountrath CS in June – and has immediately linked up with Young Munster’s top side, who play in AIL Division 1A, the top club rugby division in the country.
Doran, who plays prop and can cover boths sides of the scrum and has played hurling and football with Camross, came on in Young Munster’s opening round win over Terenure and is set to be involved again this weekend for their game away to Dublin University.
Young Munster – which is the home club of current Irish international Keith Earls and former greats Paul O’Connell and Peter Clohessy – have won two of their first three games and currently sit in fourth place in the table.
Congrats to the players who made AIL debuts for the club today, Oisin Walsh, John Foley, Clayton Stewart, Mikey Doran, Billy Scannell & Conor Mitchell and well done on a great result!!
— Young Munster RFC (@YoungMunsterRFC) October 6, 2018
There is Laois interest across a number of the clubs in the top divisions in the AIL.
Former Portarlington player Keith Kavanagh has featured with Shannon, Conor Kelly from Portlaoise is playing with Clontarf and Liam Hyland from Ballacolla is with UCD again this season.
Doran is the first Laois player to play with Young Munster in the AIL since Alan Kingsley, who now has a coaching role with the Newport Gwent Dragons in Wales.