John O’Loughlin has been representing Laois competitively since 2005 when he first lined out for the county’s minor hurling team when he was still U-16.
Sixteen years later and he is still as proud as ever to pull on the blue and white jersey, as he has done every season since.
An excellent underage player, he played for Laois in both hurling and football – for three years at minor and four years at U-21 – before making his senior football debut in his first year out of minor.
He’s the special guest on this week’s LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast where he looks back on his career to date.
He chats about those busy underage days – including the incredible 2007 season when he was centre-back on the Laois U-21 team that lost the All Ireland final as well as being a key part of the minor team that won Leinster and were only beaten in the All Ireland semi-final after a replay.
He looks back on the various Laois campaigns under different managers and why he has never once been tempted to take a break from the demanding intercounty lifestyle.
He also chats about his club career – first with Mountmellick from underage level up and later with St Brigid’s in Dublin.
Plus he discusses his decision to move back to Rosenallis recently and how he thoroughly enjoyed his first season with them.