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Port advance in a thriller but bad weekend for Laois clubs elsewhere

Port advance in a thriller but bad weekend for Laois clubs elsewhere

December 6, 2021

The Portarlington footballers deservedly get top billing in our latest Talking Sport Podcast after their thrilling win over St Loman's of Westmeath in Portlaoise on Sunday. 

We hear from manager Martin Murphy in the aftermath of that game as they now look forward to a Leinster semi-final in Croke Park against Dublin champions Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday week, December 18. 

We try to make sense of what was a brilliant game, go over the various talking points and pick our Man of the Match. 

We also chat about the rest of the weekend Leinster club championship action where there was disappointment for Park-Ratheniska, Trumera, O'Moores and Ballyfin while we also discuss the two U-20 'A' football semi-finals. 

As well as that we discuss Steven's favourite topic of Kerry football once again, coaching success for former Laois hurler Tommy Fitzgerald in Galway and we pay tribute to Colm Parkinson as his involvement with the brilliant GAA Hour Podcast comes to an end. 

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New football analyst wanted, Keith Bracken interview and weekend previews

New football analyst wanted, Keith Bracken interview and weekend previews

December 1, 2021

We're into December but the action continues thick and fast in the world of GAA. 

The biggest news of the week is that for the second time in 2021, the LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast is seeking a new football analyst. 

We lost Chris Conway to the Laois senior footballers and replaced him with Billy O'Loughlin - but he has now been named the new Longford football boss. 

We are now accepting applications for the vacancy - and with our track record of promoting people on to county positions, we expect to be inundated. 

The action continues on the field this weekend with five Laois teams set to be in action. 

Portarlington begin their Leinster senior adventure on Sunday against St Loman's and ahead of that game, we speak to captain Keith Bracken. 

Park-Ratheniska, Trumera, Ballyfin Ladies and O'Moore's are also in action this weekend. 

We preview all of those games too while also touching on other bits of GAA news. 

Clough-Ballacolla, Abbeyleix and Na Fianna Og enjoy great weekends

Clough-Ballacolla, Abbeyleix and Na Fianna Og enjoy great weekends

November 28, 2021

We might be heading for December but the GAA season shows no sign of letting up.

On the latest LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast, we look back on all the weekend action.

Clough-Ballacolla were the big story with a win over Wexford champions Raparees while there was also U-20 hurling glory for Abbeyleix and U-20 'B' football success for Na Fianna Og.

We also chat about Ballinakill's exit from the intermediate championship, the draws for next year's Leinster inter-county championships, the Laois GAA awards and a new county board chairman.

The LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast is brought to you in association with Booth Concrete. 

Leinster club, prize cattle, live TV and U-20 championships

Leinster club, prize cattle, live TV and U-20 championships

November 24, 2021

This week's Talking Sport Podcast is a real Pick and Mix of the local GAA scene - plus we go off topic to chat about the price of cattle.

With six Laois teams in Leinster club championship this coming weekend, we look ahead to all of those games - as well as reviewing last week's action.

We hear from Clough-Ballacolla player Stephen Bergin and Ballinakill manager Damien Walsh ahead of their games while we also preview the U-20 'A' hurling final between Abbeyleix and The Harps and the U-20 'B' football decider between Na Fianna Og and The Heath.

As well as that we discuss the thorny subject of competition gradings and the challenge of fixing games at the minor and U-20 levels.

Peter O‘Neill interview as he steps down as Laois GAA chairman

Peter O‘Neill interview as he steps down as Laois GAA chairman

November 23, 2021

The latest edition of the LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast features an indepth interview with outgoing Laois GAA chairman Peter O'Neill. 

O'Neill is stepping down as Laois GAA chairman despite having the option of staying on for another year if he wished. 

He discusses the reasons why he's opting to step aside now and why he's not interested in remaining on the county executive in another role. 

Looking back on his four-year term he chats about what the role entails, some of the challenges, how he views Laois now, his achievements and his regrets. 

He also looks back on the Eddie Brennan controversy as well as laying out how Laois voted on Proposal B of the inter-county football restructure at the recent GAA Special Congress. 

The LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast is brought to you in association with Booth Concrete. 

Provincial adventures, Camogie finals and Park-Ratheniska trio on 2021

Provincial adventures, Camogie finals and Park-Ratheniska trio on 2021

November 17, 2021

We are back with the latest episode of the Talking Sport Podcast with LaoisToday.

After the football county finals concluded last weekend, we all thought the action may slow down - but far from it. 

This weekend will see five Laois teams in provincial action - four of them on Saturday. 

Barrowhouse are in Leinster Junior football action against Grange of Carlow at 1pm on Saturday while Ballinakill are in Intermediate action at the same time away against Cullion of Westmeath.

Park-Ratheniska are in Dr Cullen Park to take on Naomh Eoin while Ballyfin Ladies begin their Leinster Junior campaign at home to St Anne's. 

On Sunday, Ladies champions St Conleth's host Tinahealy of Wicklow in the Leinster Senior Championship. 

Steven Miller and Alan Hartnett look ahead to all of those games before we have this week's special interview. 

Alan is joined by Park-Ratheniska trio Jimmy Langton, Richie Hitchcock and James Connolly who look back on what has been an incredible 2021. 

The trio look back on how the club went from Junior to Senior in the space of 13 weeks - and outline their hopes for the future.

After the interviews, Steven and Alan are back to look ahead to the Laois camogie finals where LaoisToday will once again proudly sponsor the Player of the Match awards. 

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Portarlington reign supreme and what a day for Ballyroan

Portarlington reign supreme and what a day for Ballyroan

November 14, 2021

Portarlington are Laois SFC champions for the second time in three months thanks to a comprehensive win over Portlaoise,

And following their massive 4-9 to 0-6 win, Steven Miller, Alan Hartnett and Billy O'Loughlin look back on their win, ponder whether they can get a run in Leinster and question what now for Portlaoise.

We also hear from winning manager Martin Murphy and man of the match Paddy O'Sullivan.

Plus we look back on Ballyroan-Abbey's dramatic win over Barrowhouse in the Junior final as well as the ladies intermediate and junior finals.

On a memorable day for Ballyroan football, they also claimed the ladies intermediate title to go senior for the first time in their history while after losing four finals on the trot, Ballyfin got their hands on the junior title.

We also talk cynicism, celebrations and why the terrace is never open in O'Moore Park.

The LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast is brought to you in association with Booth Concrete. 

County Final Fever - Portlaoise v Portarlington and Barrowhouse v Ballyroan-Abbey

County Final Fever - Portlaoise v Portarlington and Barrowhouse v Ballyroan-Abbey

November 11, 2021

In the latest edition of the LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast, Steven Miller, Alan Hartnett and Billy O'Loughlin look ahead to this weekend's Laois SFC and JFC finals. 

Champions Portarlington are seeking to win a second senior final in three months but standing in their way is Laois's most successful club Portlaoise. 

We hear from both senior managers - Kevin Fitzpatrick in Portlaoise and Martin Murphy in Portarlington. 

It's a split vote when it comes to prediction time on the senior final as it is on the junior decider as Barrowhouse seek to return to the intermediate grade and Ballyroan-Abbey's young side look to add another final success to the minor glories in recent years. 

The LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast is brought to you in association with Booth Concrete.

Anna Geary interview - Ireland‘s Fittest Family, Donncha, Davy and the Renault Arkana

Anna Geary interview - Ireland‘s Fittest Family, Donncha, Davy and the Renault Arkana

November 9, 2021

In this special Talking Sport episode, we're joined by Anna Geary, the former All Ireland camogie-winning captain who is now an RTE presenter, coach on Ireland's Fittest Family and pundit on the Sunday Game.

She chats widely about being involved on Ireland's Fittest Family, including this week's dramatic eliminator, as well as what it's like behind the scenes.

She also discusses some of the issues around girls in sport and the lessons she's learned over the years.

Plus she takes our quickfire round - Davy or Donncha, soccer or rugby - and chats about her recent experience driving the new Renault Arkana as a brand ambassador for Joe Mallon Motors in Naas. 

Epic senior hurling final, Clough-Ballacolla make history and Ballinakill return senior

Epic senior hurling final, Clough-Ballacolla make history and Ballinakill return senior

November 8, 2021

What a great day of hurling in O'Moore Park.

The Laois senior hurling final was an epic for the ages as Clough-Ballacolla saw off Borris-Kilcotton in a thrilling clash to win the Bob O'Keeffe Cup for the second time in under three months.

Steven Miller and Alan Hartnett look back on what was a serious battle as well as hearing from Clough-Ballacolla captain Stephen 'Picky' Maher.

They also chat about the Premier Intermediate final where Ballinakill made the most of a good start to beat Ballyfin and return to the senior grade at the first time of asking. We also chat briefly to Ballinakill's Cha Dwyer after the game.

On top of that Alan looks back on the weekend camogie semi-finals and wins for Camross and St Brigid's as reigning champions O'Moores were knocked out.

The LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast is brought to you in association with Booth Concrete.

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