Laois GAA

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Laois GAA
Laois GAA Crest 2005.jpeg
Irish: Laois
Province: Leinster
Nickname(s): The O'Moore County
County colours: ‹See Tfm›     ‹See Tfm›    
Ground(s): O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Dominant sport: Dual county
NFL: Division 2
NHL: Division 1B
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Liam McCarthy Cup
Camogie: Kay Mills Cup
Standard kit

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 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 McCarthy Cup, a competition reserved for the premiere hurling counties.

Gaelic football[edit]

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.


  • 1 All-Ireland 'B'
    • 1993

All Stars[edit]

Laois have a total of 5 football All Stars.

Current football squad[edit]

No. Player Position Club
1 Graham Brody Goalkeeper Portlaoise
2 Damien O'Connor Right Corner Back Timahoe
3 Mark Timmons Full Back Graiguecullen
4 Stephen Attride Left Corner Back Killeshin
5 Darren Strong Right Half Back Emo
6 Robbie Kehoe Centre Back O'Dempseys
7 Colm Begley Left Half Back Parnells
8 Brendan Quigley Midfield Timahoe
9 John O'Loughlin Midfield St Brigid's
10 Niall Donoher Right Half Forward Courtwood
11 Conor Boyle Centre Forward Portlaoise
12 Evan O'Carroll Left Half Forward Crettyard
13 Ross Munnelly Right Corner Forward Arles/Kilcruise
14 Donal Kingston Full Forward Arles/Killeen
15 Paul Kingston Left Corner Forward Arles/Killeen
No. Player Position Club
16 Eoghan Keogh Goalkeeper Mountmellick
17 Gearoid Hanrahan Back Mountmellick
18 Paul Begley Back Stradbally
19 Gareth Dillon Forward Portlaoise
20 Tom Shiel Forward Stradbally
21 Eoin Lowry Forward Killeshin
22 Billy Sheehan Forward Emo
23 Evan Keane Forward The Heath
24 James Finn Midfield/Forward Ballyfin
25 Mark O'Halloran Back/Forward Courtwood
26 Colm Kelly Forward Stradbally

Squad as per Laois vs Carlow, 2015 Leinster Senior Football Championship, Preliminary Round, 17 May 2015

Laois Club Football[edit]

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 McCarthy 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.


  • 1 All Ireland U21 B
    • 2004

All Stars[edit]

Laois have 1 hurling All Star.

Current hurling squad[edit]

No. Player Position Club
1 Eoin Reilly Goalkeeper Abbeyleix
2 Brian Stapleton Right Corner Back Borris Kilcotton
3 Brian Campion Full Back Rathdowney-Errill
4 John A. Delaney Left Corner Back Clough/Ballacolla
5 Cahir Healy Right Half Back Portlaoise
6 Matthew Whelan Centre Back Borris-in-Ossory
7 Gearoid Burke Left Half Back Camross
8 Joe Fitzpatrick Midfield Rathdowney-Errill
9 James Walsh Midfield Ballinakill
10 Stephen Maher Right Half Forward Clough/Ballacolla
11 Zane Keenan (c) Centre Forward Camross
12 Willie Hyland Letf Half Forward Clough/Ballacolla
13 John Brophy Right Corner Forward Harps
14 Tommy Fitzgerald Full Forward Portlaoise
15 Brian Dunne Left Corner Forward Harps
No. Player Position Club
16 Danny Hanlon Goalkeeper Clough/Ballacolla
17 Neil Foyle Left Corner Forward Borris-in-Ossory
18 Darren Maher Full Back Clough/Ballacolla
19 Conor Dunne Midfield Harps
20 Willie Dunphy Forward Clough/Ballacolla
21 Andrew Collier Half Forward Camross
22 PJ Scully Half Forward Borris-Kilcotton
23 Shane Hanlon Forward Clough/Ballacolla
24 Cha Dwyer Forward Ballinakill
25 Sean Bourke Forward Harps
26 Ben Conroy Forward Slieve Bloom

Laois Club Hurling[edit]

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 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 Laois[edit]

see Category:Gaelic Athletic Association clubs in County Laois


  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
  5. ^ 2010 Div 3 Laois 2-10 Meath 2-5 Division 3 final report on Hogan Stand, Laois Nationalist 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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