The county hurling team gave Laois people reason to smile on Sunday when they lifted the Joe McDonagh Cup, the national second tier competition, in Croke Park.
Rathdowney-Errill’s Paddy Purcell accepted the cup afterwards on what was a joyous occasion for Laois following an impressive 3-26 to 1-21 win over Westmeath.
It was an historic day for Laois as it was the first time the county had played in a senior final in Croke Park since 1985.
Thousands of Laois supporters had travelled to Dublin for the game while there was a good turnout back in Portlaoise when they returned to the Midlands Park Hotel.
The result means that Laois return to the Leinster hurling championship next year – and face Dublin this coming Sunday in an All Ireland Preliminary Qualifier game with the winner going forward to play Tipperary in the All Ireland quarter-final.
And in the aftermath of the game we sat down to look back on the game – and the occasion as a whole.
We discussed the 19 players that saw game time in Croke Park, what a day like that means to the Laois hurling community and why it’s a “thundering disgrace” that Laois are back in action so soon against Dublin.
We also reflected on Paddy Purcell’s great speech and his lovely gesture of bringing up kitman Pat Delaney to lift the cup with him.
You can listen to the full discussion here.
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