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In Pictures: County final fever hits Crettyard as young supporters show their colours

Winning a county championship semi-final on a Sunday and having the final six days later means it’s a tight squeeze to get flags and bunting organised.

But when it’s a club’s first final appearance in 15 years then there’s bound to be a huge level of excitement.

And that’s the case in Crettyard this week as they prepare for the intermediate football final against Clonaslee in MW Hire O’Moore Park on Saturday evening.

All week in the rural area in south Laois, the colours have been coming out and today in the local Newtown primary school, principal Kevin O’Gorman ensured all the pupils showed their support.

Kevin is a staunch GAA man himself but despite being a Portlaoise diehard, he put on the Crettyard colours for the day that was on it.

Captain Cormac Murphy is a past pupil as well as many of the other players while there’s huge family connections throughout the school.

On top of that, infants teacher Siobhan Nash is a sister of Crettyard player Michael.

The Newtown school, which has 51 students, backs on to the Crettyard pitch but it’s one of three schools connected to the club – Mayo and Ardough are also in the same Doonane parish.

Unfortunately, due to the Covid restrictions, most of the supporters won’t be able to go the game and will instead have to tune in on LaoisTV.

But they’ll be hoping that Crettyard can get the job done – and welcome the trophy into the school next week!

We have a selection of photos that were sent in to us – from the school, the club grounds and from people at home.

You can check them out in full below.

Cian and Stephen Barry
Mia, Sam and Dylan Kearney
Michael and Darragh Brennan – brothers of Crettyard captain Cormac Murphy – even dressed up their dog Alfie!
Young Crettyard supporters in Newtown NS
Showing their Crettyard colours in Newtown NS
These Crettyard supporters are well up for the game on Saturday
Newtown NS students will be hoping that the Crettyard footballers will be able to bring the Laois intermediate trophy to the school next week!
The Crettyard U-11s at training on Thursday night
The Crettyard U-11s at training on Thursday night with their coaches and the club’s intermediate captain Cormac Murphy

Newtown NS principal, Mr Kevin O’Gorman

SEE ALSO – Talking Sport Podcast: Intermediate football final preview plus senior and junior quarter-finals

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.