August 5, 2021
After a break for the Bank Holiday weekend, we are back with a bumper Podcast this week.
Up first, analyst Chris Conway joins Steven Miller and Alan Hartnett to chat about the upcoming 2020 senior football championship semi finals.
The action begins on Friday night when Graiguecullen face Emo with the other semi final between Ballyfin and Portarlington on 24 hours later.
The lads discuss both games and then give their verdict on who they think will win.
In part two, Steven and Alan look back on the Division 1A hurling final between Rathdowney-Errill and Borris-Kilcotton.
They then discuss a great win for Laois camogie against Tipperary while also looking ahead to their must win game against Kerry.
The show concludes with a focus on the Laois ladies who face Louth in the All-Ireland quarter final on Sunday.
Alan chats to Dan Bannon from the LouthAndProud Podcast who tells us all we should know about Laois's opponents.
July 29, 2021
Matthew Whelan is the special guest on this week's LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast to look back on his 15-year career with the Laois hurlers which he brought to an end when he announced his retirement after Saturday's Division 1 relegation playoff win over Westmeath.
The Borris-Kilcotton club man chats about his career, the good and bad days in the Laois jersey and how he sees the county progressing in the coming years.
He also looks ahead to the delayed 2020 Laois SHC final between Borris-Kilcotton and Clough-Ballacolla in two weeks time.
Steven and Alan chat briefly about that win over Westmeath as well as the ladies footballers qualifying for the All Ireland quarter-final and how they now have to handle the mantle of being favourites.
In addition they chat about the upcoming club league finals as well as a possible increase of O'Moore Park's capacity to 1,400, something that would be hugely welcomed by both Laois and club officials
July 22, 2021
It's another busy weekend on the Laois GAA scene with three county teams in action again.
The Laois senior hurlers face a huge game against Westmeath on Saturday evening when they host Westmeath in the National Hurling League Division 1 relegation playoff in O'Moore Park.
Both sides will play in a six-team round-robin Leinster championship in 2022 but the loser of Saturday's game will be relegated to Division 2 of the league which wouldn't be ideal preparation for such a demanding championship.
Presenter Steven Miller is joined by Damien Carter to look ahead to that game, how the Laois team might line out and what to expect from Westmeath.
As well as that they chat about a busy weekend of club league games - with the semi-finals down for decision in both hurling and football.
Damien was on commentary duty for the O'Dempsey's v Portarlington Division 1 football game on Tuesday evening as Portarlington continue to impress ahead of the upcoming championship action.
Steven is also joined by Roscommon-based journalist Kevin Egan to look ahead to Sunday's All Ireland intermediate championship clash between Laois and Roscommon in Kinnegad.
Laois are in a decent position to qualify for the quarter-finals but a four-point win for Roscommon would send them through and knock Laois out.
We also chat briefly about the opening round of the All Ireland intermediate camogie championship where Laois entertain Derry in O'Moore Park on Saturday afternoon.
July 19, 2021
On the hottest weekend of the year, Laois GAA fans were treated to two incredible championship matches, both of which went right down to the wire.
On Saturday the senior hurlers pushed Waterford all the way in the All Ireland Qualifiers before eventually succumbing to a five-point loss.
Presenter Steven Miller is joined by Alan Hartnett and Damien Carter to look back on that game.
Though disappointed that Laois didn't pull off a shock win, there has been a marked turnaround in approach since losing the opening game to Wexford.
But despite exiting the championship the season isn't finished just yet and Laois face Westmeath in the Division 1 league playoff this Saturday in O'Moore Park in a fixture that is likely to go right down to the wire again.
Steven and Alan also look back on Laois's win over Kildare in the All Ireland intermediate ladies football championship.
The ladies have played in a number of thrilling games already this year en route to winning the Division 3 league title - and their championship opener was an epic too.
They led by eight points early in the second half, trailed by four at the water break and eventually won by two.
They now play Roscommon in their second group game this Sunday where a win would see them top the group and face Louth or Offaly in the All Ireland quarter-final.
A draw or a loss of three points or less would see them through in second place to play Leitrim.
Alan also looks back on the club football league matches he was at at the weekend while the Go Games, a LaoisToday Golf Society and a Harry Kane apology also get a mention.
July 15, 2021
We're back with the latest edition of the Talking Sport Podcast and this episode is split in two parts.
Part 1 sees host Alan Hartnett chat with hurling analyst Damien Carter.
The pair look back on the Laois U-20s dramatic clash with Kilkenny on Tuesday evening - a game they could've won!
They also look ahead to the Laois senior hurlers clash with Waterford which takes place this weekend.
While Damien, a selector with the Laois minor hurlers this year, reflects on their disappointing exit from the championship against Kildare.
In part 2, Steven Miller joins Alan as the duo look back on the draw for the 2021 club championships which took place last week.
They go through the interesting ties, moan about structures and try to call who they think will win the top grades.
July 12, 2021
There's only one place to start after that weekend of sporting action and that's with the Laois hurlers, who recorded a thrilling win over Antrim in Parnell Park on Saturday.
It's a result that sends Laois into an All Ireland Hurling qualifier game with Waterford next weekend and also crucially keeps their place in next year's Leinster championship.
We hear from Laois manager Seamas 'Cheddar' Plunkett after the game as well as discussing the game's many talking points.
Laois's savage intensity, the brilliance of Enda Rowland, Paddy Purcell and Podge Delaney - among others - sin bins and red cards.
We also discuss how the GAA can come up with a system that keeps the likes of Laois and Antrim playing the top-tier counties, as well as the likes of Westmeath, Carlow and Kerry in a meaningful way.
We also look back on the Laois minor football loss to Louth, ahead to the U-20 hurling game with Kilkenny and go on various rambles on the way too.
Were you sorry to see England beaten? How hardy is Giorgio Chiellini? And remembering the day Paul McGrath kept Italy at bay in the World Cup.
As well as that we discuss a new local sporting star - 18-year-old jockey Julie McDonald from Spink.
July 8, 2021
It could not be any busier for Laois GAA teams at the moment.
In the last 12 days there have been seven championship games for Laois teams - and an amount of talking points and controversies.
We've had extra times and penalty shootouts and a resignation from Laois senior football manager Mike Quirke.
And coming up we have the Laois hurlers in a crucial All Ireland Qualifier game against Antrim that also doubles up as relegation game to see who will drop to the Joe McDonagh Cup in 2022.
We start this episode by discussing Mike Quirke's decision to step down as Laois football manager in the wake of Sunday's 3-20 to 1-10 loss to Westmeath in the Leinster championship. How will his time in charge be remembered, who are the contenders to take over - and what can we expect of Laois over the next couple of seasons.
We look ahead to Laois's must-win hurling clash with Antrim as well as hearing from U-20 hurling captain as they look ahead to a Leinster quarter-final clash with Kilkenny next week on the back of wins over Westmeath and Antrim.
We also cast our eye back over the Laois v Kildare minor hurling championship game on Wednesday night that saw Laois crash out at the first hurdle.
And as well as looking ahead to the Laois v Louth minor football game, we hear from Dan Bannon, host of the Louth and Proud Podcast.
July 5, 2021
After a bitterly disappointing couple of days of GAA in Laois, we are back with the latest Talking Sport Podcast.
Alan Hartnett is not joined by Steven Miller this week as the latter is away on his holidays.
So this episode will comprise largely of different interviews - along with a brief monologue from Alan.
Up first, Laois football manager Mike Quirke gives his reaction to his side's crushing 16 point defeat to Westmeath on Sunday - and there is a rather tetchy exchange between him and Midlands 103's Jack Nolan.
Former Laois footballer Chris Conway then joins Alan to discuss the game and look at where Laois go from here.
There is some chat about the U-20 footballers who were very unlucky to lose to Wicklow on Thursday.
While the podcast concludes with a chat with Laois U-20 hurling manager Ollie Hally who's side are getting ready to face Antrim on Tuesday.
July 1, 2021
The GAA action keeps coming and we are back with another instalment of the Talking Sport Podcast.
Alan Hartnett is joined by Steven Miller to give a run down of the action that is ahead for Laois fans.
Before all of that, we have to go back to Tuesday evening and the drama that took place between Laois and Westmeath in the U-20 hurling championship.
Laois squandered a 15 point lead but came back to win by six in extra time and progress to the next round.
Eddie Kinsella's U-20 footballers are away to Wicklow in Round 1 of that championship this evening.
They have reached the last two provincial finals at this grade but are actually underdogs for this game.
The podcast will also hear from Laois senior manager Mike Quirke while the lads will preview their Leinster clash with Westmeath.
June 28, 2021
It was another busy weekend of local GAA action with pride of place undoubtedly going to the Laois ladies footballers who claimed the Division 3 National League title with a thrilling win over Kildare on Sunday.
In an epic battle in Baltinglass, Mo Nerney popped up with the winning point with less than a minute of normal time remaining.
It was a heroic performance from Laois all round as they got the better of their neighbours for the the third time in a row - with this win also sealing promotion to Division 2 for 2022.
It also sets them up perfectly for the All Ireland intermediate championship - where Kildare and Roscommon, the side they beat in the league semi-final, in their group.
We hear from manager Donie Brennan while Steven and Alan look back on the game.
We also hear from Laois hurling manager Seamas 'Cheddar' Plunkett in the wake of their disappointing 5-31 to 1-23 loss to Wexford in the opening round of the Leinster championship, a result that means they now have to beat Antrim in two weeks time to avoid dropping to the Joe McDonagh Cup competition once again.
As well as that Alan goes into detail on the Laois minor footballers' dramatic penalty shootout win over Wexford on Saturday.
And finally, we discuss Park-Ratheniska's Laois junior football championship win on Friday night and hear from their manager Kieran Kelly, chairman John Kelly, captain Mark Delaney and top scorer Kieran Delaney on what the success means for the club.