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.
|Nickname(s):||The O'Moore County|
|Ground(s):||O'Moore Park, Portlaoise|
|Dominant sport:||Dual county|
|Football Championship:||Sam Maguire Cup|
|Hurling Championship:||Joe McDonagh Cup|
|Camogie:||Jack McGrath Cup|
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.
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.
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.
- Twice Finalists in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
- 3 All-Ireland Minor Football Championships
- 1996, 1997, 2003
- 1 All-Ireland Junior Football Championship
- 1 All-Ireland 'B'
- 2 National Football Leagues
- 1926, 1986
- Once runners-up: 2003
- Five times semi-finalists: 1952, 1978, 1994, 1995, 1997
- 1926, 1986
- 6 Leinster Senior Football Championships
- 1889, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1946, 2003
- 8 Leinster U21 Football Championships
- 1964, 1969, 1982, 1987, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2007
- 9 Leinster Minor Football Championships
- 1932, 1966, 1967, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007
- 5 Leinster Junior Football Championships
- 1907, 1941, 1968, 1973, 1993
- 5 O'Byrne Cups
- 1978, 1987, 1991, 1994 and 2005
- Women's MF in 1992
- Portlaoise won All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship in 1983
Laois have a total of 5 football All Stars.
Current football squadEdit
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 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.
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.
- 1 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
- 0 National Hurling Leagues
- Thrice semi-finalists (1981, 1983, 1996)
- 2 Div 2 Hurlings (1960, 1965)
- 3 All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championships
- 1977, 1979, 2002
- 1 All Ireland U21 B
- Leinster Senior Hurling Championships: 3
- 1914, 1915, 1949
- 1 Leinster Under-21 Hurling Championships
- 4 Leinster Minor Hurling Championships
- 1934, 1940, 1941, 1964
- 3 Leinster Junior Hurling Championships
- 1910, 1914, 1933
- 2 Walsh Cups
- 1980, 1991
- Walsh Shield: 1
- 2008, 2010
- 1 Kehoe Cup
Laois have 1 hurling All Star.
- 1985: Pat Critchley
Current hurling squadEdit
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’A Hurling Championship
Harps won three All Ireland junior club titles in 2006-8. Laois won the Nancy Murray Cup in 2007. They won the third division of the National Camogie League in 2010. They won the under-16 B title in 2000.
- Fennelly, Teddy. A Hundred Years Of The GAA In Laois (1984)
Clubs of LaoisEdit
- 2006 junior club final Harps 1-7 Keady 0-5 report in Irish Independent and Irish Times
- 2007 Junior club final Harps 2-8 Keady 2-7 report in Irish Independent, Irish Times and on camogie.ie
- 2008 Junior club final Harps 1-11 Kilmaley 3-2 Report in Irish Independent and on Camogie.ie
- 2007 Jun A Laois 1-15 Meath 1-9 in Leixlip report on hurlingblog.com Archived 2010-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
- 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 Camogie.ie
- All-stars on camogie.ie
- "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
- National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on camogie.ie, pdf download (778k) from Camogie.ie download site