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2018 Remembered: EXCLUSIVE: Massive new Laois GAA amalgamation on the cards as huge rivals set to unite

On April Fool’s Day, we released the exclusive news that a massive new Laois GAA amalgamation was on the cards as huge rivals were set to unite.

This gained traction from many commentators, not all of them knowing that it was a joke for the occasion. 

Later on this year, Castletown would go on to defeat Camross in the first round of the championship, while Camross went on to win the Laois senior hurling championship.

We can also confirm that Camross and Castletown have not amalgamated at this point in time.  

The Laois GAA season is only in its infancy but LaoisToday can exclusively reveal that talks are at an advanced stage for two of Laois’s biggest rivals to unite for the 2019 season.

Camross and Castletown are set to formally amalgamate, following in the footsteps of other recent successful amalgamations Rathdowney-Errill and Borris-Kilcotton.

LaoisToday understands that officials from both clubs have been in talks over the last couple of months and that an arrangement is in place so that they will play together from next year onwards.

It’s believed that all that is left to finalise is a couple of minor details. The naming of the new club – which will have six adult teams from Junior C up to Senior – is one issue with Camross-Castletown or Castletown-Camross still being debated.

The new club colours will be a combination of the two clubs – with kit suppliers currently doing up designs incorporating black, amber, blue and white.

“Obviously we have beat the heads off each other in the past,” said a source involved in the negotiations, “but time is a great healer and we are looking to come together to form a super power of the club hurling game – not just locally but nationally.

“We’re not just after Laois titles – between the two of us we have a heap of those – we want to win Leinsters and All Irelands.

“The Rathdowney-Errill and Borris-Kilcotton example show what can be done when clubs put rivalries aside and come together. But we’ll be on an entirely different level to that entirely.

“Laois hurling won’t know what has hit it when we come together.”

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