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Laois 'training hard' says Ross King at Joe McDonagh Cup launch in GAA HQ Croke Park

Leinster Express Reporter

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Leinster Express Reporter

Ross King was in GAA HQ Croke Park this week where represented the Laois hurling squad at the launch of the new GAA Joe McDonagh hurling competition.

Laois hurlers will compete against Westmeath, Kerry, Antrim, Carlow and Meath over the coming weeks for the trophy named in honour of the late GAA president and Galway hurler.  

The competition was launched alongside the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard, Lory Meagher competitions which involve 25 hurling squads from around the country will all begin in the second week of May and conclude in late June. 

Speaking at the launch yesterday in Croke park Ross King said Laois hurlers are training hard.

“We’re very much looking forward to taking part in the Christy Ring competition over the coming weeks. The squad has been training hard and we’re looking forward to the upcoming games. It’s great that the GPA and GAA have come together this year to promote and support these important competitions that will showcase some great hurling at venues around the country. I hope our supporters take every chance to come see us play over the coming weeks,” he said.

JOE MCDONAGH KICKS OF HECTIC SCHEDULE FOR LAOIS TEAMS

 Seamus Hickey is the CEO of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) which is promoting the three competitions.

 “This year the GPA is proud to be jointly promoting the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard, Lory Meagher and Joe McDonagh competitions with the GAA following a GPA motion on the competitions that we fought for at the recent congress. The launch of these competitions today is an exciting day for the squads involved, representatives of which are here today.

"The GPA is very proud to support and promote these important hurling squads. We are all looking forward to some fantastic hurling over the coming weeks. The GPA will also be organising a series of workshops for players over the course of the competitions in an effort to showcase the many programmes that the GPA offers players to help them thrive on and off the field of play,” said Semus.

Laois taken on Westmeath in the first round at home in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise on Saturday, May 5 at 3pm.

See more in Leinster Express Sport online and in this week's newspaper for previews.