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Remember the Game: Rathdowney-Errill’s Laois senior hurling final win in 2008

Rathdowney Errill 1-19 Portlaoise 2-15
2008 Laois SHC Final

The Rathdowney and Errill GAA clubs came together to form a new club in 2005 and had success almost straight away.

They won the Laois senior hurling title for the first time in 2006 and have since added four more since.

Today we look back at Rathdowney-Errill’s second championship triumph in 2008, one they achieved following a thrilling final win over Portlaoise.

Rathdowney-Errill won their second ever county championship just two years after their first in a one point win over Portlaoise.

The game was of a great standard, with 3-21 being scored from play.

Top performers included Rathdowney-Errill’s Brian Campion and Jason Phelan while Tommy Fitzgerald was a constant thorn in their side.

The game looked destined for a replay before Alan Delaney struck a late free to win it for Rathdowney-Errill.

From that Rathdowney-Errill team, Brian Campion, Joe Fitzpatrick, Shane Dollard and John Purcell are all still playing while Alan Delaney is part of the panel.

The celebration photos from afterwards from Alf Harvey captured the joy – and there are some classic images of some current Rathdowney-Errill players in their younger years!

RATHDOWNEY-ERRILL: John Paul Ryan; Eoin Fitzpatrick, Lar Mahon, Niall Delaney; Brian Campion, Pat Mahon, Joe Fitzpatrick; Shane Dollard, Patrick Mahon; Liam Tynan, Enda Meagher, Eoin Holohan; Jason Phelan, Alan Delaney, John Purcell.

PORTLAOISE: Colm Clear; Darren Murphy, Joe Phelan, Sean Cotter; Brian Glynn, Dermot Costelloe, Brian Mulligan; Cahir Healy, Eoghan Whelan; Noel Costelloe, Barry Fitzgerald, Keith Murphy; Tony Byrne, Tommy Fitzgerald, David O’Mahoney.

Portlaoise who played Rathdowney Errill in the Senior Hurling final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Rathdowney Errill captain John Purcell celebrates with his family after winning the Senior Hurling final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Rathdowney Errill fans Vanessa Dunne, Breda Bergin and Paula Loughman celebrate .Picture: Alf Harvey.
Rathdowney Errill fans Clodagh Fennelly and Sheila and Joanna Mahon celebrate .
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The Kavanagh family celebrate
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Rathdowney Errill manager Paul Murphy celebrates with his son Dylan and former Rathdowney Errill Hurler Neil Browne 
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The Tynan family celebrate 
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Tom Hassett and Ger Campion celebrate .
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Rathdowney Errill hero Liam Tynan has a hug from mum Anne.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Rathdowney Errill celebrate after winning the Senior Hurling final at O’Moore Park.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Rathdowney Errill fans Betty Delaney and Danielle Doran celebrate
Rathdowney Errill fans Harry and Gemma Hoare celebrate

Rathdowney Errill captain John Purcell raises the trophy
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Deco’s Clothing man of the match winner Jason ‘Giant’ Phelan celebrates

Eoin Holohan, Rathdowney Errill celebrates

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