Laois senior hurlers will face up to their toughest challenge of 2013 this Saturday night when they welcome Antrim to O’Moore Park.
As Laois’ latest attempts to establish themselves as a competitive force in Leinster at minor level fizzled out on Saturday afternoon, it was hard not to think back to a time, not so long ago, when the county won games like this as a matter of routine.
O’Moore Park was the venue last Friday for the Laois GAA Promotion Night and the county’s supporters were out in force to meet their hurling and football heroes.
St Conleth’s will make their way to the Bus Eireann All-Ireland Under 14 Feile once again, after being crowned Laois LGFA Feile champions thanks to a 3-11 to 0-1 win over Shanahoe at The Heath.
Laois minor footballers missed out on the chance to book the county a first Leinster MFC semi-final appearance since 2010 on Saturday afternoon, as they slumped to a ten point defeat to Meath.
Two goals in the final 15 minutes ultimately ended Arlington’s hopes in the Paddy Cotter Cup Final in Leah Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon.
Portlaoise won the League title on Thursday night with Seafords win over Greenhills. However they went a goal down after two minutes.
In the final of the CCFL Shield, Portlaoise made it a double when they defeated Melville Celtic in a very good final played in Birr. Portlaoise raced into a two goal lead in the first quarter of the game through Shane Collins and Nathan Carpenter, but Melville never gave up the fight and hit the crossbar an agonising three times before the break. In the second half Melville continued to play good football, but the Portlaoise defence did an excellent job keeping them at bay.
After scoring four minutes into injury-time to force the game to extra-time, Abbeyleix Athletic ultimately suffered the heartbreak of defeat after a penalty shoot-out in the Division 4 Cup Final last Sunday.
Portlaoise AFC is hosting an inter-county U-10 Blitz in Rossleighan Park this Sunday which wil feature teams from Laois, Offaly, Kildare, Westmeath, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Dublin.
A large crowd for both Portlaoise and Naas flocked to Donnybrook to support their clubs in the U-13’s McGowan Cup Final on Monday, May 6.
Portlaoise’s U-14 rugby team saw their season come to an end recently, but they could look back on a hugely successful season for all involved.
There was another full house at Portarlington RFC last week as the club members brought the curtain down on another successful season both on and off the pitch.
Portarlington U-18 Girls travelled to Wicklow RFC to participate in the season ending blitz.
An excellent second-half penalty from PJ Daly fired Portlaoise to victory in the Leinster Premier League in Edenderry last week against Tullamore.
Dynamic performances by many young table tennis players from the midlands carried Leinster to an incredible win in this season’s Inter-Provincials.
As the summer approaches and the hockey season draws to a close the Portlaoise Ladies can take the time to reflect back on a very successful year.
The ninth Laois International Golf Challenge took place from Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2 and once again proved to be a great success.
The sun was out on Sunday for the Laois GAA 5K and 10K run.
Ireland have named an unchanged squad for their two-match one-day international series against Pakistan in Dublin later this month.
Sweet My Lord will attempt to make a successful return to timber in the feature race of the day at Kilbeggan.
Trainer John Murphy's phone has been ringing off the hook since the impressive victory of Big Time at Naas on Wednesday evening.
Defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts and former winner Ian Poulter face a battle to remain in the Volvo World Match Play Championship after losing their opening group games in Bulgaria.
Trading Leather has Classic options open to him after filling the runner-up berth in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York.
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Weather for Portlaoise
Monday 20 May 2013
Temperature: 8 C to 15 C
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: North west
Temperature: 9 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 16 mph
Wind direction: North west