There’s a long-running tradition of a Laois v Kildare game being played in Athy every Christmas – one that sees players from neighbouring clubs from both sides of the border do battle.
More often than not it’s a collection of Ballylinan, St Joseph’s and Barrowhouse lads with a few others added in for good measure – Annanough, Arles-Killeen and Crettyard are known to have had representation over the years too.
On the Kildare side it’s a combination of Athy, Castlemitchell, Rheban and Grange more often than not and it’s an enjoyable affair that usually provides a decent game with a sprinkling of big names.
Tom Kelly, Beano McDonald and Christy Byrne all featured in it at various stages.
This year it returns – and it will be held in the Athy GAA grounds on Friday, December 28, at 2pm.
It’s a Barrowhouse selection against an Athy selection. Entry to the game is €5, there’s music and refreshments in the clubhouse afterwards and all proceeds go to the Athy Young at Heart group.
It’ll be an ideal way to shake off the Christmas cobwebs, an age-old rivalry and a bit of craic.