The Rathdowney-Errill hurlers claimed their sixth Laois SHC title in O’Moore Park this afternoon when they got the better of Borris-Kilcotton on a scoreline of 0-17 to 1-9.
Having lost last year’s final to Camross and the 2016 final to Borris-Kilcotton after a replay, it ends a five-year wait since their last triumph in 2014.
For a lot of clubs, five years isn’t a wait at all but in Rathdowney-Errill’s short history they can look back on five final successes in nine seasons from 2006 to 2014, one every second year.
In that context then, today they ended a relatively long wait.
For the likes of Brian Campion, John Purcell, Joe Fitzpatrick and Shane Dollard, it was a sixth county final win, all of them having been involved for the first back in 2006.
For others like Brandon McGinley, Paddy McCane, Jack Kelly and Eric Killeen, it’s a first championship medal.
And for their Laois players like Kelly, Killeen, captain Paddy Purcell and chief scorers Ross King and Mark Kavanagh it is the latest success of a great season.
For Purcell, who was joint captain alongside full-back Brian Campion, 2019 has been an unforgettable season, one that has seen him lift the Joe McDonagh Cup in Croke Park and the Bob O’Keeffe in O’Moore Park.
Unsurprisingly they celebrated joyously at the final whistle and Julie Anne Miller captured a selection of great images.