Portarlington have a new manager – and it is someone who is very well known across the county.
Gracefield native Martin Murphy will take on the senior footballers for 2019.
Des Cooney and Noel Coss have stepped aside after several years in charge of the side.
They reached the club’s first semi final since 2002 in 2017 but had a disappointing year in 2018 as they were eliminated in Round 3 by Stradbally.
Martin Murphy first managed Stradbally in 2005 and led them to the championship – defeating Portlaoise by 1-10 to 1-9.
The Offaly native returned to the Little Town in 2016 and repeated his trick from 11 years previous.
This time it was a last gasp Jody Dillon goal that gave Stradbally the win over The Town on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-12.
Murphy stayed on with Stradbally in 2017 but defeats to Ballyfin Gaels and The Heath sent the then champions into a relegation semi final.
Stradbally defeated Arles-Kilcruise in that to stay up but Murphy departed his post after that.
In Portarlington, Murphy will be gifted with a number of very young and talented players.
The likes of Ronan Coffey, Colin Slevin, Alex Mohan and Jordan Fitzpatrick broke through this year to join other youthful talent in the form of Robbie Pigott, Diarmuid Bennett, Colm Murphy and Paddy O’Sullivan.
Murphy will see four Laois minors graduate to adult football in 2019 with Cathal Bennett, Daragh Galvin, Sean Michael Corcoran and Mikey Bennett stepping up to the ranks.
So there are certainly very interesting times ahead for Portarlington and their new manager.