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Jack Nolan is well-known GAA pundit having reported and commentated on games since 1972. This year he is celebrating 35 years in business in Portlaoise starting out with a small shoe repair shop and progressing to become the first locksmith in the county. He was recently elected Chairman of the Irish Locksmiths Organisation.

Jack Nolan: Demise of Laois hurling saddens me greatly

The demise of the Laois hurling team has saddened me greatly in recent weeks. Having closely watched it unfold I am not shocked, but I...
The Laois hurling team to face Carlow has been named

Jack Nolan: How has hurling in the county descended to such a low?

What was seen as a glorious opportunity for Laois hurlers to escape from the shadows, play in Croke Park, win a national competition, qualify...
Jack Nolan says it is amazing that nobody from Camross played against Offaly

Jack Nolan: ‘Amazing’ nobody from champions Camross featured for Laois

The display of the Laois hurling team on Sunday was a huge disappointment. While they lost by just five points at the finish, in reality...
Jack Nolan is delighted with the Laois hurling and football manager's honest interviews

Jack Nolan: Refreshing to interview such honest managers as Kelly and Sugrue

After another win for the Laois footballers and a fine battling display from the hurlers in defeat to All-Ireland champions Galway, there is a...

Jack Nolan: Encouraging signs for Laois hurlers and footballers as league season begins

The Laois GAA competitive season sprung into life a few weeks early at the weekend and it saw a successful start for John Sugrue’s...

Jack Nolan: A win in Wicklow but plenty of room for improvement

Aughrim produced a dramatic game again but after a squeeky and nailbiting finish Laois this time survived After many long intakes of breath the final...

Jack Nolan: Football in the county has never been so low

A whopping 14-point defeat at the end of an excruciating performance was hard to take and even harder to watch. It was no wonder...

Jack Nolan: Now, more than ever, hurling in Laois must get greater support from...

One could only feel for the Laois hurlers at the end of the game as they trooped off the park beaten by 14 points...

Jack Nolan: What a refreshing display with so much to admire

A refreshing first round victory, for a change, was more than welcome and coming just a few weeks after relegation to the bottom tier...

Jack Nolan: Laois hurlers get the job done – now for the next challenge

The sense of relief when the final whistle blew in Austin Stacks Park among Laois supporters, management and team was palpable. This victory was...

Jack Nolan: What a satisfying weekend for Laois hurling

How satisfying to sit down first thing Monday and write about a double Laois hurling success after a hugely satisfying weekend. Our minors and seniors...

Jack Nolan: Minor hurlers deliver in style

What a refreshing performance and victory by Laois minor hurlers on Saturday as they comprehensively defeated the old enemy Offaly in the opening round...

Jack Nolan: We are where we are because nobody seems to care

The unimaginable happened at the weekend as Laois footballers plummeted to the basement of Gaelic football in Ireland for the first time in 50...

Jack Nolan: Don’t sit at home complaining – get out and support our county...

That was a rather pleasing weekend as a Laois supporter as both the footballers and hurlers rose to the challenge and brought back a...
Laois took on Longford in O'Moore Park tonight

Jack Nolan: Laois football has now reached an all-time low

Let’s call a spade a spade Laois football has hit an all-time low. It saddens me to say this but on the evidence of the...
The Laois minor hurling panel has been named

Jack Nolan: Hard not to feel sorry for hurlers after latest drubbing

While I was critical of some Laois hurlers after the first-round league defeat by Kerry and praised them after the second-round defeat of Offaly...
Brendan Quigley's return from injury will be a big boost to the Laois footballers

Jack Nolan: Trying times for Laois players, management and supporters

Another whopping defeat for an unfortunate Laois hurling side and a late loss for a 14-man football team yesterday made for a sad weekend...
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Jack Nolan: Survival the name of the game for Laois after latest loss

An inability to retain possession and create and take scoring chances cost Laois dearly on Saturday night. Liam Kearns returned to O’Moore Park with his...

Jack Nolan: Hurlers show what their true form in big win over Offaly

A week is a long time in the GAA as the Laois hurlers bounced back and turned in a terrific team display to inflict...

Jack Nolan: Hurlers must now bounce back – just as the footballers did

A week ago, I left O’Moore Park shocked at the inept display of the Laois footballers after their comprehensive defeat to Louth and yesterday...

First thing Monday: Jack Nolan’s take on the weekend GAA action

National Football League opener The business end of the year starts under lights on Saturday as Laois taste National Football League division 3 action for...

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