This year, Portlaoise saw a very well-known face and voice came to line out for their junior side in their first game.
Colm ‘Wooly’ Parkinson lined out for the division 3 side in March of this year.
Unfortunately for Parkinson and co, Portarlington ran out easy 4-18 to 4-5 winners.
Despite Portlaoise’s loss in the division, Wooly moved up to the intermediate grade in the championship where he came on in the semi-final, where The Town lost out to eventual winners Courtwood.
Now, he is set to enter into the Laois team for the GAA Masters All-Ireland in 2019.
Last year, we heard how Colm Parkinson had made up with his native club Portlaoise and tried to return to play for their Junior A team.
Wooly, who last played for Portlaoise in the Leinster club semi-final against Dublin side St Brigid’s in December 2011, was stopped from playing last year due to a rule which, at the time, said he needed to be regraded despite not having played for six years.
The GAA editor for JOE.ie was later informed that this rule was incorrect but by that point the season was all but over.
Portlaoise’s intermediate team did not enter Division 1B this year and their junior team compete in Division 3 where their first game was against Portarlington today.
And unfortunately for Parkinson and co, Portarlington ran out easy 4-18 to 4-5 winners.
Goals from David Condron, Curtis Lyons and two for Jason Ward did the trick for Portarlington who made a winning start in the league.
And according to the Portarlington twitter account, Parkinson endured a tough evening against teenager Alex Mohan.
He entered the fray in the second half as he had got held up with the Donegal and Mayo game.
Action from our Division 3 match today where @Woolberto was making his long awaited return to club football in Laois,but couldnt prevent our Juniors from winning well and if @PortlaoiseGAA is looking for wooly,hes in Alex Mohans pocket?? @JOEdotie @CLGLaois @MidlandsSport pic.twitter.com/FHifbiTqlp
— PortarlingtonGAA (@PortGAA) March 25, 2018
And in fairness to Parkinson, he took it all in the good spirit it was ended.
Made my return to Portlaoise colours after 7 years today for the Junior A’s. Played the second half, i was late because of the Mayo Donegal game.
Failed to get on the score sheet ? https://t.co/MOcqkSUZwd
— Colm Parkinson (@Woolberto) March 25, 2018
We will be keeping a keen eye on Portlaoise’s junior A team to see how Parkinson, who will be 40 this year, gets on.