Laois link to London success

Last weekend may have brought nothing but misery for Laois football supporters, but not all Laois men were disappointed as the county did have two championship winners.

Last weekend may have brought nothing but misery for Laois football supporters, but not all Laois men were disappointed as the county did have two championship winners.

Portarlington’s Barry Mitchell (below left) and Park-Ratheniska’s Cathal Óg Greene (below right) were part of the London setup which made history as they secured a famous win over Sligo in the Connacht SFC.

Barry Mitchell lined out at No. 11 for the exiles and played a significant role in helping London to their first championship win in 36 years. Barry is the second son of the Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council Mr Paul Mitchell and his wife Majella.

In 2011 Barry lined out for the Laois U-21s and played alongside current Laois players Donie Kingston and Garry Walsh. He was a regular on the Portarlington senior team before his move to London last year and was a member of the successful school team from Colaiste Iosagain that captured the All Ireland title in 2008.

Barry is an economics graduate from NUI Maynooth and is employed as a consultant with a Property Investment Company in London.

Cathal Óg Greene was par tof the extended panel but unfortunately didn’t see any action against Sligo, although he hopes to be back in action for the Connacht semi-final against Leitrim. Laois players have been to the fore for London in both codes this year, with John Walsh from Ballinakill captaining the London hurling team as well.