The fine folks at Watergrasshill GAA in Cork have plenty of sporting heroes they can turn to – but their attentions were firmly on two Laois senior hurlers at their recent Cul Camp in the club.
Laois senior hurling captain Paddy Purcell and top scorer Mark Kavanagh made their way down to the Rebel county with the Joe McDonagh Cup, much to the delight of all the children attendin the summer camp.
Indeed the two Rathdowney-Errill men may have been hand-picked by a Watergrass GAA clubman – and Rathdowney native, Tommy Bowe.
Tommy’s roots stretch well into Laois hurling, being a former club and county player himself.
Tommy’s brothers are both firmly ingrained in Laois hurling, Kieran being a well-established referee while Brian dons the green, white and red strip of Rathdowney-Errill.
The young supporters at Watergrasshill GAA were delighted to take time out from honing their craft to take photos with Paddy and Mark and talk to them about Laois’s championship campaign.
Between retaining their status in division 1B, winning the Joe McDonagh Cup, knocking Dublin out of the All-Ireland championship and reaching an All-Ireland quarter-final against Tipperary; Laois’ season has been the hurling story of the summer.
While Laois’s season is at an end now for 2019, 2020 can be looked forward to with great optimism.
After a two-year absence, they are back in the Leinster championship and will play in the new round-robin format.
And after Paddy and Mark’s visit, it’s safe to say Laois hurling might just have a few more supporters in this Rebel county stronghold.
Check out the photos below, sent in to us via Snapchat and from the Watergrasshill Official Hurling GAA page: