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In Pictures: Zach Tuohy honoured for AFL success with Civic Reception by Laois County Council

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Group pictured at Zach Tuohy Reception in County Hall , including Clr. Thomasina Connell ( Cathaoirleach ), Clrs. Willie Aird, Barry Walsh, Dep. Brian Stanley, T.D., Clr. Padraig Fleminf and Donal Brennan ( Director of Services, Laois Co Council.) and Portlaoise G.A.A. friends. Photo: Michael Scully - no reproduction fee.

Laois County Council was a hive of activity recently as the incredible Zach Tuohy received a Civic Reception.

The Portlaoise man was joined by members of his family and friends to receive the highest honour in the county.

This is the second time that Zach has been showered in praise as Portlaoise GAA previously hosted a ‘welcome home’ event.

The Geelong Cats player was part of the team that won the AFL Grand Final at the end of September.

He became just the second Irish player to lift the title and it caps what has been a remarkable career Down Under thus far.

Thirteen years after he left Ireland to take up a rookie contract and 15 years after he was first spotted by scouts, Tuohy landed the biggest prize in the game, and is a genuine star in Australia.

Geelong were massive 133-52 winners in a one-sided final played in front of over 100,000 spectators in the famed MCG stadium.

It was their first final success since 2011 and only their ninth overall.

Photographer Michael Scully was there on the night.

Check out some great images below:

Brian Delaney, Eamonn Fennelly and Teddy Fennelly. Photo: Michael Scully
Caitriona Murphy, Louise Drew, Denis Foley, Caroline Dunne and Padraig Fleming.

Angela and Edward Whyte and Michael Hooban, Cathy Colohan, John Cleary, Margaret Gillen and Joe Hooban Photo: Michael Scully

Joe and Caroline Tuohy and Brian Stanley Photo: Michael Scully
Christy Bannon and Dick Sydes Photo: Michael Scully
Zach Tuohy with family, Rebecca, Rafferty and Flynn Tuohy, holding the framed Certificate and inscribed gift presented to Zach Photo: Michael Scully
Zach’s boys Rafferty and Flynn Photo: Michael Scully
Tom Prendergast with Zach. Photo: Michael Scully
Liam Breen, Zach Tuohy, Sonny Keogh and Frank Tuohy . Photo: Michael Scully
Frank “Sonny” Tuohy, Zach and Willie Aird . Photo: Michael Scully
Zach and family with members of Portlaoise G.A.A. Club. . Photo: Michael Scully

Dick Sydes

Eamonn Fennelly speaking at the reception. Photo: Michael Scully

Noel, Mia Rose, Lucy and Laila Hooban – nieces of Zach
Mia Rose Hooban – Zach’s niece
Zach Tuohy Reception – County Hall – section of the attendance
Zach Tuohy Reception – County Hall – Zach and Eamonn Fennelly ( Chairperson, Portlaoise G.A.A. Photo: Michael Scully

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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.