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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 2
NHL:Division 1B
Football Championship:Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship:Liam MacCarthy Cup
Camogie:Jack McGrath Cup
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Regular kit
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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 Joe McDonagh Cup, a competition reserved for the second tier 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 Denis Booth Full Back The Heath
4 Gareth Dillon Left Corner Back Portlaoise
5 Sean O'Flynn Right Half Back Courtwood
6 Robert Piggott Centre Back Portarlington
7 Paddy O'Sullivan Left Half Back Portarlington
9 Kieran Lillis Midfield Portlaoise
9 John O'Loughlin Midfield St Brigid's
10 Daniel O'Reilly Right Half Forward Graiguecullen
11 Conor Boyle Centre Forward Portlaoise
12 Damien O'Connor Left Half Forward Timahoe
13 Paul Kingston Right Corner Forward Arles/Killeen
14 Colm Murphy Full Forward Portarlington
15 Evan O'Carroll Left Corner Forward Crettyard
16 Scott Osborne Substitute Portarlington
17 Martin Scully Substitute Ballyroan Abbey
18 Trevor Collins Substitute Graiguecullen
19 Donal Kingston Substitute Arles/Killeen
No. Player Position Club
20 Eoin Lowry Substitute Killeshin
21 Ross Munnelly Substitute Arles/Kilcruise
22 Sean Byrne Substitute Portarlington
23 David Seale Substitute Portlaoise
24 Eoin Buggie Substitute Stradbally
25 Alan Farrell Substitute Ballylinan
26 Mark Barry Substitute O'Dempseys
- Mark Timmons Substitute Graiguecullen
- James Kelly Substitute St Joseph's
- Kevin Meaney Substitute Arles/Kilcruise
- Shane Nerney Substitute O'Dempseys
- Brendan Quigley Substitute Timahoe
- Adam Campion Substitute St Joseph's
- Alan Kinsella Substitute Courtwood
- Robert Tyrell Substitute Camross
- Colm Begley Centre Back Stradbally
- Paul Cahillane Substitute Portlaoise

Squad as per 2019 SFC v Derry.

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.

Laois won the Joe McDonagh Cup in 2019, and went on to shock Dublin in the preliminary quarter-final the next week to reach the All-Ireland Quarter Final. This was considered one of the greatest shocks in the history of the championship.[1]


All StarsEdit

Laois have 1 hurling All Star.

Current hurling squadEdit

No. Player Position Club
1 Enda Rowland Goalkeeper Abbeyleix
2 Lee Cleere Right Corner Back Clough/Ballacolla
3 Matthew Whelan Full Back Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton
4 Joe Phelan Left Corner Back Camross
5 Jack Kelly Right Half Back Rathdowney-Errill
6 Ryan Mullaney Centre Back Castletown
7 Pádraig Delaney Left Half Back Harps
8 John Lennon Midfield Rosenallis
9 Paddy Purcell Midfield Rathdowney-Errill
10 Aaron Dunphy Right Half Forward Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton
11 Mark Kavanagh Centre Forward Rathdowney-Errill
12 Éanna Lyons Left Half Forward Ballyfin
13 Willie Dunphy Right Corner Forward Clough/Ballacolla
14 Charles Dwyer Full Forward Ballinakill
15 Ross King Left Corner Forward Rathdowney-Errill
16 Thomas Dunphy Substitute Camross
17 Eric Killeen Substitute Rathdowney-Errill
No. Player Position Club
18 Andrew Mortimer Substitute Camross
19 Lorcan Burke Substitute Camross
20 Colm Stapleton Substitute Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton
21 Conor Phelan Substitute Castletown
22 Eoin Gaughan Substitute Camross
23 Neil Foyle Substitute Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton
24 Aaron Bergin Substitute Portlaoise
25 Stephen Bergin Substitute Clough/Ballacolla
26 Stephen Maher Substitute Clough/Ballacolla
- Donncha Hartnett Substitute Mountmellick
- Jake Cranny Substitute Abbeyleix
- Daniel Comerford Substitute Harps
- Mark Dowling Substitute Camross
- Ciaran Comerford Substitute Harps
- Ben Conroy Substitute Slieve Bloom
- Patrick Keating Substitute Rosenallis

Squad as per Laois v Tipperary, 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final, 14 July 2019

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.[2][3][4] Laois won the Nancy Murray Cup in 2007.[5] They won the third division of the National Camogie League in 2010.[6] They won the under-16 B title in 2000.

Notable players include soaring star award winners[7] Louise Mahony and Eimear Moynan

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, "Our Game, Our Passion,"[8] Carlow, Cavan, Laois, Louth and Roscommon are to get a total of 17 new clubs by 2015.[9]


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

Clubs of LaoisEdit


  1. ^ "Shock of the summer as Laois stun Dublin and book All Ireland quarter final date with Tipperary". Irish Independent. 7 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ 2006 junior club final Harps 1-7 Keady 0-5 report in Irish Independent and Irish Times
  3. ^ 2007 Junior club final Harps 2-8 Keady 2-7 report in Irish Independent, Irish Times and on
  4. ^ 2008 Junior club final Harps 1-11 Kilmaley 3-2 Report in Irish Independent and on
  5. ^ 2007 Jun A Laois 1-15 Meath 1-9 in Leixlip report on Archived 2010-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ All-stars on
  8. ^ "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  9. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on, pdf download (778k) from download site

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