In a year like no other, anything that is going ahead, is going ahead in a much different fashion.
The GAA’s ever popular Cul Camps got underway around the country this week and though camp numbers and overall attendees are down, there was still a vibrant atmosphere as we visited some of the clubs hosting camps this year in Laois.
In all five camps are taking place in Laois this week – in Camross, Clonad, The Harps, Ballylinan and Portarlington.
On a glorious summer morning, our first stop was Clonad where Laois senior footballer Sean O’Flynn from Courtwood and Clough-Ballacolla’s Jordan Walshe were supervising with John Connolly and Liam Delaney also coaching.
The hurling lads were knocking good craic out of Sean O’Flynn being sent to supervise a hurling camp but it was all running like clockwork with plenty of space, dedicated spots to eat your lunch outside and only the toilet facilities open. Dressing rooms remain shut.
If there’s a lot of rain, the parents will be contacted to say the camp is off.
In Camross, Tadhg Doran was at the helm with support from Laois camogie star Sarah Cuddy as well as Aine Cuddy and Aedin Lowry.
Like Clonad it, too, was one of the smaller camps being held in Laois this year.
But the social distancing signs were in plain view and the hand sanitizer was at the gate.
All across the county everyone was in great form and glad to be back in a sporting and fun environment after months of lockdown.
You can check out our photos below from Clonad and Camross.