Laois 'lion heart' Ross Munnelly to make 74th appearance for Laois in Croke Park against Dublin

Laois football legend Ross Munnelly to make 74th appearance for Laois in Croke Park against Dublin

Laois football legend Ross Munnelly to make 74th appearance for Laois in Croke Park against Dublin

Laois football star Ross Munnelly will make his 74th Leinster Senior Football Championship appearance in Croke Park this weekend.

Laois will come up against Dublin in the Leinster Final for the first time since 2007 when Dublin won 3-14 to 1-14.

Munnelly emerged on to the scene in 2000 as part of the Laois minor team and in 2002 and 2003 he was part of the Laois Under 21 team. In 2003, he joined the Laois senior football team, helping them to a Leinster Senior Football Championship.

Munnelly’s debut year for the county got off to a great start in 2003, it was the last time Laois won the provincial title. He scored 1-1 in the Leinster final against Kildare that year which is one of the greatest sporting moments in Laois in living memory.

In 2005, he captained Laois to the final of that year's Leinster Senior Football Championship; they were beaten by Dublin.

Fifteen years since his senior football debut, the dedicated Arles/Kilcruise man is bracing himself for his 74th appearance in Croke Park for Laois.

In the 73 SFC games he has played so far he has scored 204 points, with 6-91 coming from play.

Leinster GAA shared these stats in a tweet referring to Munnelly as a 'lion heart'.

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