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Laois minor footballers name captain, vice-captain and 32-player panel ahead of 2021 campaign

Laois minor football manager Mark Bates has named his captain, vice-captain and 32-player panel ahead of this year’s Leinster championship.

Graiguecullen lead the way with five representatives while St Joseph’s have four and Ballyroan-Abbey provide three.

Portarlington, Portlaoise, Ballylinan, Barrowhouse, Emo and Timahoe all have two.

The panel contains seven players who were part of last year’s squad – Darragh Slevin, Jack Byrne, Conor Brown, Kieran O’Donnell, Sean Brennan, Ryan Quinlan and Cathal Lee.

A total of 16 clubs from Clonaslee to Graiguecullen have representation on the panel.

The team will be captained by Portarlington’s Darragh Slevin. The younger brother of Colin, Darragh played in the full back line on the side that reached the Leinster semi final last year.

While Graiguecullen’s Jack Byrne has been named as the vice captain.

Due to Covid, the Leinster championship is once again being run on a straight knock-out basis this year.

Laois will face Wexford at home in Round 1 on Saturday June 26.

There will then be a draw for the quarter final places should Laois advance – where they will play either Dublin or Wexford July 10/11.


Aaron Dorgan (Graiguecullen)
Conor Harte (Graiguecullen)
Jack Byrne (Graiguecullen) (VICE-CAPTAIN)
John O’Shea (Graiguecullen)
Mikee Horohan (Graiguecullen)
Cale Brennan (St Joseph’s)
Cormac Murphy (St Joseph’s)
Jeremy Kelly (St Joseph’s)
Sean Brennan (St Joseph’s)
Darren Mulhall (Ballyroan-Abbey)
Killian Byrne (Ballyroan-Abbey)
Patrick Whelan (Ballyroan-Abbey)
Corey Geoghegan (Portarlington)
Darragh Slevin (Portarlington) (CAPTAIN)
Conor Brown (Portlaoise)
Kieran O’Donnell (Portlaoise)
Jesse McEvoy (Ballylinan)
James Walsh (Ballylinan)
Fergus Langton (Barrowhouse)
Joshua Deveraux (Barrowhouse)
Davy Costello (Emo)
Luke O’Reilly (Emo)
Conor Fitzpatrick (Timahoe)
Oisin Ramsbttom (Timahoe)
Aodhan Lowry (Arles-Kilcruise)
Ryan Quinlan (Spink)
Ciaran Culleton (Ballyfin)
Cathal Lee (Clonaslee)
Ryan Little (Courtwood)
Darragh Kelly (Crettyard)
Daniel McGrath (Killeshin)
Ben McMahon (O’Dempsey’s)

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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.