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POSTPONED: Laois GAA reschedule hurling championships following inter-county success

7 July 2019; Laois supporters applaud their players off the field at half-time during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship preliminary round quarter-final match between Laois and Dublin at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise, Laois. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The Laois Senior and Senior A hurling championships have been put back by two weeks following the success of the Laois hurlers.

The hurling championships was due to get going on Friday July 19 with Round 1 of the Senior A competition while the Senior games were due to take place that weekend.

However, the Laois hurlers are playing Tipperary in Croke Park in the All-Ireland Hurling Quarter final this Sunday.

It was presumably deemed unfair to expect the players to play in that game and then line out for their clubs in competitive action five days later.

The CCC met last night and decided to postpone Round 1 of the championship and have it take place where Round 2 was supposed to be played.

This now means the Senior and Senior A championships will be postponed to the week commencing on July 29.

However, all remaining grades will start as previously scheduled.

While this has not yet been confirmed, it also is most likely to mean that the Senior and Senior A finals will now have to be played two weeks later than their original end date.

The Laois hurlers sent Dublin crashing out of this year’s All Ireland championship thanks to a thrilling win on Sunday.

In a heroic performance, Laois led from start to finish and defied their massive outsiders tag.

In what may be deemed as the biggest upset to hurling this year, Twitter at home and abroad went wild as the final result came in.

Laois were outstanding – as they recorded arguably the county’s biggest hurling win since beating Wexford in the Leinster hurling semi-final in 1985.

The mighty Buff Egan was even there to witness it and he was then taken for dinner, drinks and some celebratory golf by Ross King and Jack Kelly.

What it all means is that Laois are into the All Ireland quarter-finals for the first time in 40 years.

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