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The Laois County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Laois) or Laois GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Laois and the Laois inter-county teams.

Laois GAA
Laois GAA Crest 2005.jpeg
Nickname(s):The O'Moore County
County colours:         
Ground(s):O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Dominant sport:Dual county
NFL:Division 3
NHL:Division 1B
Football Championship:Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship:Joe McDonagh Cup
Camogie:Jack McGrath Cup
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Laois are a dual county, enjoying comparative success at both Gaelic football and hurling. Laois are one of a select group of counties to have contested All Ireland finals in both football and hurling, and are six times Leinster Senior Football Champions, and three times Leinster Senior Hurling Champions.

In recent times Laois have been more successful footballers than hurlers. Laois minors have had considerable success over the past two decades, and the Laois senior footballers reached the Leinster final in 2003 (victorious), 2004, and 2005.

Laois hurlers currently compete in the Liam MacCarthy Cup, a competition reserved for the premiere hurling counties.

Gaelic footballEdit

Laois contested the second ever All-Ireland final in 1889 and also won the first ever National Football League final beating Dublin in the 1926 final. 1936 saw the only other appearance by Laois in an All-Ireland senior decider.

Laois beat Monaghan by a point in the 1986 National Football League final. Liam Irwin and Colm Browne both won All Stars for their performances that year.

During the 1990s Laois had a number of successes at Minor and U-21 level, including All-Ireland Minor Football Championships in 1996 and 1997.

During the mid-2000s Laois Gaelic football became a strong force at all age levels. Under former Kerry and Kildare manager Mick O'Dwyer, Laois were National Football League runners-up and Leinster Senior Football Championship winners in 2003. Laois would go on to contest the Leinster Senior Football Championship Final again in 2004 (lost after a replay) and 2005 (lost by 1 point). During the same period the Minor team were All-Ireland Minor Champions in 2003, and Leinster Champions in 2004, 2005 and 2007, while the U-21 panel were Leinster Champions in 2006 and 2007.

In 2006, Mick O'Dwyer's management of Laois ended and he was replaced by the former Limerick manager, Liam Kearns. After two years Liam Kearns was replaced by Sean Dempsey in 2008. Dempsey who had led the Laois minors to All-Ireland success in 2003 commenced a major re-building exercise in 2009 but failed to achieve any success and was replaced by Justin McNulty for the 2011 season. After three seasons in charge, McNulty stepped down to be replaced by Tomás Ó Flatharta.


All StarsEdit

Laois have a total of 5 football All Stars.

Current football squadEdit

No. Player Position Club
1 Graham Brody Goalkeeper Portlaoise
2 Stephen Attride Right Corner Back Killeshin
3 Mark Timmons Full Back Graiguecullen
4 Gareth Dillon Left Corner Back Portlaoise
5 Trevor Collins Right Half Back Graiguecullen
6 Colm Begley Centre Back Stradbally
7 Finbarr Crowley Left Half Back Emo
8 Kieran Lillis Midfield Portlaoise
9 John O'Loughlin Midfield St Brigid's
10 Alan Farrell Right Half Forward Ballylinan
11 Niall Donoher Centre Forward Courtwood
12 Damien O'Connor Left Half Forward Timahoe
13 Ross Munnelly Right Corner Forward Arles/Kilcruise
14 Donal Kingston Full Forward Arles/Killeen
15 Paul Kingston Left Corner Forward Arles/Killeen
16 Eoghan Keogh Substitute Mountmellick
17 Darren Strong Substitute Emo
18 Brendan Carroll Substitute Portlaoise
19 Evan O'Carroll Substitute Crettyard
20 Brian Glynn Substitute Portlaoise
No. Player Position Club
21 Gary Walsh Substitute Ballylinan
22 David Conway Substitute Arles/Kilcruise
23 Tom Shiel Substitute Stradbally
24 Shane Nerney Substitute O'Dempseys
25 David Holland Substitute Portlaoise
26 Eoin Lowry Substitute Killeshin
- Ruaidhri Fennell Substitute Rosenalllis
- Denis Booth Substitute The Heath
- Rory Bracken Substitute O'Dempseys
- Aaron Dowling Substitute The Rock
- Michael Keogh Substitute St Joseph's
- Daniel O'Reilly Substitute Graiguecullen
- Robbie Donoher Substitute Ballylinan
- Jamie Farrell Substitute Ballylinan
- Chris Finn Substitute Portlaoise

Squad as per Laois v Dublin 24 June 2018 Leinster SFC 2018

Laois Club FootballEdit

The major local club competitions in Laois are the championships which are listed below.

In addition, all teams compete in the All-County Football League from Division 1 down to Division 5.

Laois Senior Football Championship

Laois Intermediate Football Championship

Laois Junior Football Championship

Laois Junior "B" Football Championship

Laois Junior "C" Football Championship

Laois Under 21 Football Championship

Laois Minor Football Championship


Laois won one All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship title, in 1915, when the day was so wet the team reportedly played the second half in their overcoats.

Laois currently competes in the Liam MacCarthy Cup (Tier 1 of the Senior Hurling Championship), but has also won three All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championships.

The hurlers reached National Hurling League semi-finals in 1981 and 1983 before losing the Centenary Cup hurling final to Cork in 1984, and were back in the National Hurling League semi-final in 1996.

Laois most recently contested the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship final in 1985, in what was to be a disappointing final defeat against Offaly.


All StarsEdit

Laois have 1 hurling All Star.

Current hurling squadEdit

No. Player Position Club
1 Joe O'Sullivan Goalkeeper Camross
2 Cahir Healy Right Corner Back Portlaoise
3 Leigh Bergin Full Back Shanahoe
4 Dwayne Palmer Left Corner Back Camross
5 Seán Downey Right Half Back Ballinakill
6 Paddy Purcell Centre Back Rathdowney-Errill
7 Ryan Mullaney Left Half Back Castletown
8 Ben Conroy Midfield Slieve Bloom
9 Cian Taylor Midfield Portlaoise
10 Éanna Lyons Right Half Forward Ballyfin
11 Charles Dwyer Centre Forward Ballinakill
12 Patrick Whelan Left Half Forward Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton
13 Ross King Right Corner Forward Rathdowney-Errill
15 Willie Dunphy Left Corner Forward Clough/Ballacolla
No. Player Position Club
16 Eoin Fleming Substitute Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton
17 Aidan Corby Substitute Clough/Ballacolla
18 Aaron Dunphy Substitute Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton
19 Stephen Bergin Substitute Clough/Ballacolla
20 Eric Killeen Substitute Rathdowney-Errill
21 Eoin Doyle Substitute Clough/Ballacolla
22 Patrick Keating Substitute Rosenallis
23 Liam O'Connell Substitute Rathdowney-Errill
24 Jack Kelly Substitute Rathdowney-Errill
25 Brian Corby Substitute Clough/Ballacolla
26 Donncha Hartnett Substitute Mountmellick

Squad as per Laois v Galway, 2017 National Hurling League Round 3, 5 March 2017

Laois Club HurlingEdit

The major local club hurling competitions in Laois are the championships which are listed below.

In addition, all teams compete in the All-County Hurling League from Division 1 down to Division 5.

Laois Senior Hurling Championship

Laois Senior’A Hurling Championship

Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship

Laois Junior Hurling Championship

Laois Under 21 Hurling Championship

Laois Minor Hurling Championship

Laois Junior "B" Hurling Championship

Laois Junior "C" Hurling Championship


Harps won three All Ireland junior club titles in 2006-8.[1][2][3] Laois won the Nancy Murray Cup in 2007.[4] They won the third division of the National Camogie League in 2010.[5] They won the under-16 B title in 2000.

Notable players include soaring star award winners[6] Louise Mahony and Eimear Moynan

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, "Our Game, Our Passion,"[7] Carlow, Cavan, Laois, Louth and Roscommon are to get a total of 17 new clubs by 2015.[8]


  • Fennelly, Teddy. A Hundred Years Of The GAA In Laois (1984)

Clubs of LaoisEdit


  1. ^ 2006 junior club final Harps 1-7 Keady 0-5 report in Irish Independent and Irish Times
  2. ^ 2007 Junior club final Harps 2-8 Keady 2-7 report in Irish Independent, Irish Times and on
  3. ^ 2008 Junior club final Harps 1-11 Kilmaley 3-2 Report in Irish Independent and on
  4. ^ 2007 Jun A Laois 1-15 Meath 1-9 in Leixlip report on Archived 2010-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 2010 Div 3 Laois 2-10 Meath 2-5 Division 3 final report on Hogan Stand, Laois Nationalist Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine and
  6. ^ All-stars on
  7. ^ "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  8. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on, pdf download (778k) from download site

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