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In Pictures: Laois rugby club’s drive to get more girls involved yields positive results

Portlaoise Rugby Club launched their ‘Give it a “try” for Girls campaign last week – and it proved to be a big hit with those in attendance.

The purpose of this initiative is to encourage more girls, aged between 6 and 18, to try out rugby as a sport.

‘That was the best night ever’ according to 10 year old Chloe Kavanagh from Portlaoise and many more girls who attended.

Their smiling faces in the pictures below provide the evidence for Chloe’s statement.

Club President Philip Bradley was delighted with how the first few sessions have gone.

He said: ‘We were delighted to launch this ‘Give it a Try for Girls’ initiative.

“Women’s rugby has continued to thrive at our club.

“We are also very proud to have the likes of international players Alison Miller and Emma Hooban, former members and players of Portlaoise Rugby Club.”

Anyone interested in receiving further information about the club can log onto the Facebook page at Portlaoise Rugby Club.

Check out some great pictures below:

Emma and Kate Scully with their Mammy Sharon from Portlaoise at the ‘Give it a Try’ for Girls night at Portlaoise Rugby Club on Tuesday 17th November.
Ellizabeth, Grace and Gordon Pearson from Ballacolla
Rebecca, Grace and Ellizabeth Pearson from Ballacolla
Emma Delaney age 8 with her Mammy Edel Delaney from Stradbally
Chloe Kavanagh aged 10 from Portlaoise with mammy Mary
Maeve Carroll from Ballyfin. Mide Agoro, Portlaoise and Caoimhe Sweeney from Portlaoise
Purdy and Molly Kelly from Trumera
Shivek, Veronika and Aiden Sareen from Portlaoise
Leah Kavanagh aged 7 and Niamh from Portlaoise
Lucy Gallagher with her dad Mark Gallagher from Mountmellick

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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.