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O’Byrne Cup and Walsh Cup fixtures for Laois footballers and hurlers confirmed

Laois footballers and hurlers

The domestic GAA season came to a conclusion on Friday night – but exactly a month from today, county games will return.

The GAA have confirmed the fixtures for the O’Byrne Cup and Walsh Cup which will get underway in January.

Billy Sheehan’s footballers enjoyed a great run in this competition last year – going all the way to the final.

They actually made a dreadful start as they were hammered by Wexford but recovered well after that.

They defeated Meath and then topped the group by edging out Wicklow in their final group game.

Laois then got the better of Kildare after a penalty shoot out in the semi final before succumbing to Dublin in the final.

Laois begin this year at home to Longford on January 4 before travelling to face Meath on January 7.

Their group stage concludes at home to Carlow on January 11. If Laois manage to top their group again, they will play a semi final on January 15.

The final is scheduled for January 20 and the National League will then get underway the following weekend.

Meanwhile, Willie Maher’s Laois Senior hurlers have been drawn in Group 2 of the Walsh Cup.

They begin on January 8 at home to Wexford in a repeat of last year’s season opener.

They host Kilkenny the following week before travelling to neighbours Offaly in Round 3.

The top team in each group will then contest the final which is scheduled for Croke Park on January 28.


January 4 Round 1 
Laois v Carlow
January 7 Round 2 
Meath v Laois
January 11 Round 3
Laois v Carlow
January 15 Semi Final 
January 20 Final 


January 8 Round 1 
Laois v Wexford
January 15 Round 2
Laois v Kilkenny
January 22 Round 3 
Offaly v Laois
January 29 Final

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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.