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2018 Remembered: Vandals attack Laois GAA club and village ahead of match with local rivals

Graffiti is a plague for towns and villages all over Ireland, and Killeshin was hit by it earlier on this year as vandals attacked their club and village before their quarter-final meeting with Graiguecullen in September. 

Vandals spray-painted GFC on the walls outside of the local GAA grounds and wrote  ‘Graigue’ on a building in the village.

However there is an upshot to this story, as Graiguecullen GAA offered to help their neighbours clean up the damages in a true display of compassion.

Killeshin and Graiguecullen went on to draw the quarter-final in what was marked as one of the most exciting Laois club football matches of the year, before Graiguecullen eventually saw off Killeshin in the replay. 


There are local rivalries and then there are rivalries that take an ugly turn.

Last night, Killeshin village and GAA Club were attacked by vandals ahead of their senior championship quarter-final tonight.

Vandals spray-painted GFC on the walls outside of the local GAA grounds and wrote  ‘Graigue’ on a building in the village.

A sign heading into the village was also marked with ‘GFC’. 

Killeshin face Graiguecullen in the senior championship quarter-final in O’Moore Park at 7.45pm tonight.

Maurice Browne’s Killeshin are unbeaten this year having recorded wins over Clonaslee-St Manman’s Gaels and Ballylinan in their opening games.

They will welcome back Adam Deering to the fold after he served a one match ban after he was sent off in the first half of the Clonaslee game.

Graiguecullen’s road to this stage has been a little bit rockier. They defeated O’Dempsey’s in Round 1 but then lost out to favourites Portlaoise.

That sent them into a Round 3 game against Crettyard Gaels which they won comfortably.

When neighbours meet, it is always tense and close. Killeshin were going very well but the five week break can stifle teams. But if they can overcome that, they might edge it.

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