Laois hurlers, Joe McDonagh Cup, Marty Morrissey and Eddie Brennan to be special guests at the Folly Festival in Cullohill this Friday

    Laois players celebrate with the Joe McDonagh cup after their final win over Westmeath in Croke Park. Picture: Sportsfle

    The area of Cullohill has a hugely proud sporting tradition – in hurling in particular.

    And this weekend’s Folly Festival will celebrate that in style as members of the Laois hurling team, manager Eddie Brennan and the Joe McDonagh Cup will be guests on stage during the Friday night acts. And they’ll be interviewed by RTE’s Marty Morrissey no less.

    Laois hurler Podge Delaney from Cullohill was the youngest member of the team that won the Joe McDonagh Cup and beat Dublin and is a former Laois minor hurler and footballer.

    Limerick band Hermitage Green are the headline act  as well as Wyvern Lingo on Friday in the beautiful setting beside Cullohill Castle – and band member Barry Murphy knows all about sporting achievement.

    He famously scored a try for Munster against New Zealand in 2008, the same year he won a Heineken Cup medal with the province.

    The Finns from Rathdowney and Sarah Buckley and Band are the support acts on Friday.

    On Saturday, harmony singers Vocalese, excellent young Portlaoise-based singer Curtis Walsh, Alice Lynskey and the hugely entertaining 2 Johnnies will headline on Saturday night.

    Tickets for the event can be purchased here. 

    Tickets sold on the door each night will be €30 (€25 + booking fee online).

    A day ticket is €25 and covers entry to the evening entertainment on Friday or Saturday. A weekend ticket with entry for both nights as well as the Mountain Walk is priced at €40.

    You do not need a ticket to attend the day time events on Saturday though some daytime events do have a nominal entry fee.

    You can check out the full schedule of events on Saturday here. 

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