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In Pictures: Joyous scenes as Laois hurlers and supporters celebrate Joe McDonagh triumph

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Laois supporters turned out in force to welcome the victorious Laois senior hurling team back to Portlaoise last night.

Eddie Brennan’s men arrived back to the Midlands Park Hotel just after 8pm where they were treated to a hero’s welcome.

Chants of ‘Laois, Laois, Laois’ met the players as they disembarked from the bus carrying the Joe McDonagh Cup which they had won merely hours ago in Croke Park.

The Laois hurlers enjoyed a comprehensive 3-26 to 1-21 win over Westmeath in the Joe McDonagh Cup final in Croke Park on Sunday afternoon.

It completed a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of Laois hurling under Eddie Brennan as he has taken a side who battled relegation in this competition last season to glory in the space of 12 months.

Mark Kavanagh, in his first game back from injury since the win over Antrim well over a month ago, was the star of the show as he fired over 12 points while Borris-Kilcotton’s Aaron Dunphy chipped in with 1-4 and worked tirelessly throughout as Laois won by 11 points in the end.

Laois will now compete in the Leinster championship in 2020 and will face Dublin this weekend in a Preliminary All-Ireland Qualifier.

But before all of that, last night was the time to celebrate a campaign which saw them remain unbeaten and defeat Offaly, Antrim, Kerry and Westmeath.

Our reporter Siun Lennon was there when the team arrived and she captured the moment on video – as well as with pictures.

Check them out below:


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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.