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WATCH/LISTEN: Joe McDonagh Cup final preview as Laois hurlers set for Westmeath challenge

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The countdown to the Laois senior hurlers’ first appearance in Croke Park since 2005 and the first final appearance in GAA HQ since 1985 is almost complete.

Laois take on Westmeath at 1.45pm on Sunday when Eddie Brennan’s men will be seeking to get their hands on some silverware and ensure their return to the Liam MaCcarthy Cup competition for 2020.

Laois booked their final place with a game to spare thanks to wins over Offaly, Antrim and Kerry.

It meant their final group game against Westmeath didn’t matter and they fielded a much-changed side and earned a draw.

Laois go into the game as slight favourites and ahead of the clash we previewed the game with our hurling pundits Jack Nolan, Tommy Buggy and Darren Maher.

Jack Nolan is the Midlands 103 commentator and faces a busy weekend as he will be doing both Sunday’s game in Croke Park and the Laois-Offaly All Ireland football qualifier on Saturday.

Tommy Buggy from Castlecomer and the owner of Buggy Property Partners in Portlaoise has managed both Clough-Ballacolla and Borris-Kilcotton in Laois as well as a number of teams in his native Kilkenny while Maher played for the Laois seniors for over 10 years and has three senior county medals with Ballacolla.

The discussion was hosted by Steven Miller from LaoisToday and recorded in Joe Mallon Motors on the Abbeyleix Road in Portlaoise.

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You can watch the video in full here or listen to the podcast version in the bottom link.

SEE ALSO – Check out all our coverage of the Laois v Westmeath Joe McDonagh Cup final here

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Steven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he's happiest when he's telling stories or kicking a point.