History makers Borris-Kilcotton GAA made history when they brought home Bob O'Keeffe

Trophy named after form GAA President Bob O’Keeffe who taught in Borris in Ossory, hurled with Kilcotton and Laois and is buried in Knockaroo

Pat Delaney


Pat Delaney




Borris Kilcotton celebrate winning the Laois SHC title. Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

GAA captains love telling their fans in winning speechs they are bringing 'home' the winning trophy but it rang true when Borris in Ossory / Kilcotton GAA Club won their first Laois Senior Hurling County Final in O’Moore Park Portlaoise on Sunday October 23.

The merged club of neighbouringparishes won O’Keeffe Cup and brought the trophy "home". The O’Keeffe Cup is named after the late Robert “Bob” O’Keeffe, a native of Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny who lived and worked in Borris-in-Ossory.

He won an All-Ireland medal with Laois in 1915 and served as President of the GAA from 1935 to 1938.

Bob O’Keeffe taught in the Boys School, Borris in Ossory, he hurled with Kilcotton and he is buried in Knockaroo so winning this final was a very sweet victory indeed.