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Two Laois clubs chosen to represent county at national Feile competition in Croke Park and Thurles

The Harps Feile Champions 2021
The Harps Feile Champions 2021

Two Laois U-15 club sides will have the opportunity to showcase their talents at Croke Park and Thurles.

The events will take place later this month as part of the competition’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Ballylinan footballers will represent the county in Croke Park on Saturday, October 23.

Teams from 32 counties were entered into a draw with the prize of a trip to play at GAA HQ in the celebratory event.

The Harps hurlers have been invited to take part in a Thurles-based blitz on Thursday, October 28, with semi-finals and finals taking place at Semple stadium.

The Harps are in Division 2 of this competition and after championship and Feile success in Laois this year, they will be confident of giving this competition a rattle.

This year’s running of the competition saw it take place on a county basis in August, with the age-grade moving to under-15, ensuring children who missed out in 2020 got a chance to compete.

“Féile highlights the importance of sport in children’s lives and that is something John West is truly passionate about,” said John West Ireland General Manager, Peter Rooney.

“The chance to play at Croke Park or Semple Stadium is an added element designed to once again allow clubs play against and foster links with teams in other counties and provinces.

“We pride ourselves on supporting children taking part in sport and make a conscious and continuous effort to highlight the importance of young people continuing to play into teenage and adult years.

“Féile give us the opportunity to highlight the importance of natural nutrition in children’s diets.

“John West has created a range of products naturally high in protein and Vitamin D, supporting muscle maintenance and normal functioning of the immune system, meeting the needs of young Féile athletes, post-training or after a game.

“The cancellation of the 2020 John West Féile due to Covid came as a big disappointment to hundreds of young footballers, hurlers and camogie players all over Ireland.

“But John West remains proud to promote the philosophy that every player should participate at a level fitting with their age, skills and strengths.”

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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.