There was huge controversy late in 2018 when the Laois footballers were found guilty by the GAA of breaking the training ban last April ahead of their Leinster championship opener against Wexford.
It was an issue that Laois manager John Sugrue hit out strongly at – and their punishment was forfeiture of home advantage in one of their league fixtures.
It has now been confirmed that Laois’s first scheduled home game in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League against Louth on February 2 will take place in Croke Park, as part of a triple header with the Dublin men’s and ladies footballers.
Laois and Louth will throw in at 3pm on Saturday, February 2, while Dublin and Donegal ladies will meet at 5pm in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League and Dublin and Galway men will meet at 7pm in Division 1 in what will be a repeat of last year’s All Ireland semi-final and league final.
The Laois v Louth game is on the same day that the Ireland rugby team open their 6 Nations campaign at home to England in the Aviva Stadium. That game kicks off at 4.45pm.
Laois will begin their campaign away to Down the previous Saturday, January 26.
Laois’s full Allianz National Football League Division 3 list is
- Down v Laois – January 26
- Laois v Louth – February 2
- Laois v Sligo – February 10
- Westmeath v Laois – February 24
- Laois v Longford – March 2
- Offaly v Laois – March 16
- Laois v Carlow – March 24
Meanwhile, the Laois hurlers will begin their Allianz Hurling League Division 1B campaign away to Galway on Sunday, January 27.
Their full fixture list is as follows:
- Galway v Laois – January 27
- Laois v Waterford – February 3
- Laois v Offaly – February 16
- Carlow v Laois – February 24
- Dublin v Laois – March 3