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In Pictures: Incredible scenes as Laois fans turn out in force to support hurlers

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There were over 40,000 people in Croke Park yesterday and at times it felt like every last one of them was from Laois.

Chants of ‘Laois, Laois, Laois’ rang around the stadium from the off with Cork and Kilkenny fans soon getting in on ‘Laois Are On The Up’ also.

But the journey has come to an end for the Laois senior hurlers for 2019.

The Laois hurlers lost 2-25 to 1-18 to Tipperary in the All Ireland SHC quarter-final yesterday afternoon in Croke Park.

While their season comes to an end – it was an incredibly brave performance that has drawn plaudits across the hurling world.

Laois only trailed by four points at the break, 2-11 to 1-10, and were roared on by a massive Laois support in the attendance of over 44,000.

But it was the sending off of wing-forward Aaron Dunphy in the 38th minute that is one of the game’s big talking points.

The Borris-Kilcotton man, who is only 21 this year, has been in incredible form over the past couple of weeks – scoring 1-4 against Westmeath in the Joe McDonagh Cup final, 1-2 last week against Dublin and hit two points from play in the first half today.

He was given a straight red card by Cork referee Colm Lyons following consultation with linesman Johnny Murphy from Limerick – after he struck out at experienced Tipperary defender Pauric Maher.

Dunphy struck back at Maher when he was being held on to and caught the Thurles Sarsfields man on the leg.

It looked harsh and it was just one of a number of decisions that went against Laois on the day – which Twitter was not pleased about.

Anyway, the journey for 2019 has come to an end and here is some great pictures from another memorable day.

SEE ALSO – End of the road as brave Laois hurlers lose out to Tipperary

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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.