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Live Blog: Follow all the action as the Laois U-20s face Carlow in Leinster hurling championship

These are certainly unprecedented times.

We’ve heard that phrase before but never has it been more aptly fitting as it is tonight.

The Laois U-20 hurlers face Carlow in Round 1 of the Leinster hurling championship tonight – but the winners will have no idea when the quarter final will be played.

With Level 5 restrictions coming into effect from midnight, the GAA have announced all games, except for senior inter-county, are postponed from tonight.

They said: “Following clarification from the Department of Sport around the staging of inter-county fixtures, the GAA can confirm that as of midnight this evening, all minor and U20 inter-county competitions are paused until further notice.

“Accordingly, Saturday’s scheduled EirGrid GAA U20 football final meeting of Dublin and Galway will not take place.

“This evening’s Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U20 hurling fixtures will proceed.”

So, tonight’s game, which throws in at 7pm in MW Hire O’Moore Park, is certainly being played in unusual circumstances.

Laois have had a dreadful record at this level in recent years and will be hoping to put that right tonight.

Rory Delaney is in Portlaoise for the first game under the new floodlights.

Follow all the action as it happens below:

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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.