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Laois Football Memory: The incredibly dramatic Laois-Offaly football clash in 2003

Laois 1-12 Offaly 1-12 2003 Leinster SFC Quarter-final The 2003 inter-county football season will never be forgotten in Laois. A first Leinster title in 57 years, a...

High praise for three of Laois football’s greatest servants

There was high praise from Laois's current longest serving footballer for three of his former teammates in this week's Talking Sport Podcast. Aidan Fennnelly, Noel...

Who fears to speak of ’86? The unforgettable Battle of Aughrim

It will never be forgotten. Aughrim, 1986. The place and venue, in Laois GAA parlance, have become a byword for disaster. Wicklow, as unfancied then...

Ross Munnelly on the secrets to playing football at the highest level for 18...

Ross Munnelly joined his inter-county colleague Evan O'Carroll on this week's edition of the LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast. In a wide-ranging chat which saw the...

The tale of a 17-year-old Evan O’Carroll, Justin McNulty, a missing boot and pranks...

A 17-year-old Evan O'Carroll made his senior inter-county debut for Laois in the summer of 2013. It had been a whirlwind year for the Crettyard...

Leinster Final Memory: Another year, another tear as Dubs defeat Laois in 2007

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on June 23, 2018, ahead of that year's Leinster senior football final. In 2007, the Laois senior footballers reached...

Laois GAA star Cahir Healy completes novel marathon and scores 2,000 points in a...

Laois GAA star Cahir Healy has completed a novel and gruelling challenge in a park in London today - scoring 2,000 points and running...

Remember the Game: Crettyard claim intermediate football honours in 2005

Crettyard 1-12 Courtwood 1-10 2005 Laois IFC Final Our focus in this week's Remember the Game is the 2005 intermediate football final, where Crettyard edged out...

County Final Memory: Portlaoise hold off rising St Joseph’s in 1970

Portlaoise 1-7 St Joseph's 0-9 1970 Laois SFC Final Portlaoise have had some great football teams over the years - and the side they had in...

Mark Timmons on the influence of Sean Dempsey and his disappointment at how it...

Long-serving Laois footballer Mark Timmons was a recent guest on the LaoisToday Talking Sport podcast where he was joined by colleague Sean O'Flynn as...

Laois Football Memory: Rows, replays and All Ireland final agony – the Laois v...

This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday ahead of the 2019 All Ireland SFC Qualifier between Laois and Cork in Thurles. It'll be the first time...

County Final Memory: O’Dempsey’s stun Graiguecullen with late winner in 1980

O'Dempsey's 1-5 Graiguecullen 0-7 1980 Laois SFC Final In terms of late goals in dramatic county finals, the 1980 decider is right up there with Jody...

Sporting Memories: John Costello on championship glory with O’Dempsey’s, his Laois career and the...

This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday ahead of O'Dempsey's appearance in the 2018 Laois SFC final Ahead of the game, we caught up with one...

Laois footballers in the running to win virtual Twitter All-Ireland

Right about now, we should be coming to the end of 'club month' and GAA attentions would be turning back towards the inter-county game...

Sporting Memories: Chris Conway on minor success, 2004 disappointment, highs, lows and Arles-Kilcruise

There's not too many Laois footballers with as many hard-luck stories as Chris Conway. The Arles-Kilcruise man made a huge contribution to the Laois jersey...

Was that this year? Seven things that happened in the local sporting world in...

Live sporting action seems a dim and distant memory at this stage and there is nothing on the horizon for the next couple of...

Laois Football Memory: Looking back on five great wins over Meath

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday ahead of the 2019 Leinster SFC semi-final between Laois and Meath in Croke Park, a game Meath won...

A row in the tunnel, a crazy taxi driver and Laois beating Dublin in...

Eamon Sweeney is best known for his weekly column in the sports pages of the Sunday Independent.  A very talented writer, he has a great...

Sporting Memories: Fergal Byron on Cumann na mBunscol, playing out field and that 2003...

The feature of this week's Sporting Memories interview is former Laois football goalkeeper Fergal Byron from Courtwood. Byron, who is now a member of Laois...

Looking Back: A point that never was from the 1995 Laois-Carlow battle that will...

Even with the never-ending sagas of controversies that follow the main GAA events today, the saga that surrounded the unforgettable two-game drama between Laois...

Leinster Final Memory: Longford stun Laois in 1968 decider

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on June 16, 2018, ahead of that year's Leinster football final Only eight times in the last 50 years...

Leinster Final Memory: Dublin deny Laois in ’85

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on June 18, 2018, ahead of the Leinster final that year. 1985 was a particularly busy time for Laois...

Laois footballer included on Sigerson Cup team of the year

Laois footballer Trevor Collins has been named on the Sigerson Cup team of the season following his impressive form in IT Carlow's run to...

Remembering the Ballylinan team that reached the 1987 Laois senior football final

Ahead of Ballylinan's Laois SFC final appearance in 2017, their first in 30 years, we looked back on the club's side that played in...

Portarlington predicted to win Laois senior football championship – by the experts on Instagram!

With no live GAA action to talk about or games to preview, we've entered the world of fantasy! God knows when we'll have another match...

Leinster Final Memory: Rising Offaly get the better of Laois in 1981

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on June 17, 2018, ahead of that year's Leinster football final Laois ended a 13-year wait for a Leinster...

Leinster Final Memory: Heartbreak for Laois in 2005 as late Dublin point denies Micko’s...

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on June 22, 2018, ahead of that year's Leinster final.  Back in the mid 2000s, big games in Croke...

Why there just has to be a Laochra Gael on Laois legend Pat Critchley

Laochra Gael on TG4 is arguably the best and most enduring Irish sports documentary ever made. Now in its 18th series, it's hard to believe...

Leinster Final Memory: Laois denied by Westmeath and Páidí in 2004

The Laois footballers were due to play Westmeath in the National Football League this weekend. We look back on the famous 2004 Leinster final...

Strong Laois representation as Ladies Football College finals weekend set to begin

The Ladies football colleges semi finals are set to take place in the next few days with the fixtures being getting this Friday. The O'Connor...