Talking Sport
Hay or straw? Football panel additions and interview with soccer stars Colin Conroy and Aaron Doran

Hay or straw? Football panel additions and interview with soccer stars Colin Conroy and Aaron Doran

January 18, 2021

The latest LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast is here - and once again, although there isn't much going on on the field at the moment, there is plenty to talk about off it. 

Host Alan Hartnett joins Steven Miller for the chat which begins with the latter's gripe surrounding Ireland's Fittest Family mixing up hay and straw bales. 

LaoisToday broke the news last week that Donie Kingston, among others, had opted to re-join the Laois senior football panel for 2021. 

Steven and Alan reflect on this boost for Mike Quirke's charges but ponder just when games will be allowed to resume. 

The episode concludes with an interview involving two of Laois's most promising young sportspeople. 

Portlaoise teenagers Aaron Doran and Colin Conroy both play soccer for St Kevin’s Boys/Bohemians in the League of Ireland – something they have done for the last five years after switching from Portlaoise AFC.

The 17 year-olds won the U-17 League of Ireland title just before Christmas – defeating Shamrock Rovers in the final with both lads playing a starring role.

Aaron scored inside the first minute and set up Evan Fergusson for the second a short time after. While Colin, who has been capped for the Republic of Ireland from U-15 level upwards, was subsequently named Man of the Match.

The interview begins with some commentary from that final – which includes some very high praise for both lads from League of Ireland legend Conan Byrne – and then Aaron and Colin will tell Alan all about their journey so far.

Cahir Healy joins us from London as he ends an incredible career with club and county

Cahir Healy joins us from London as he ends an incredible career with club and county

January 12, 2021

Cahir Healy is our special guest this week as he reflects on an incredible hurling and football career with Laois and Portlaoise and why, after ten years, he has decided to end his gruelling commute from London. 

New Year, latest news plus interview with Masterson brothers and Tom Daly on Connacht rugby’s big win

New Year, latest news plus interview with Masterson brothers and Tom Daly on Connacht rugby’s big win

January 7, 2021

In our first Talking Sport Podcast of 2021, Steven and Alan round up all the latest local sports news as well as a good chat with Portlaoise brothers Eoghan and Sean Masterson and Tom Daly from Carlow following Connacht rugby's famous win over Leinster last weekend

End of year Laois GAA review

End of year Laois GAA review

December 21, 2020

On the last LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast of the year, Steven and Alan catch up with all the latest local GAA news as well as a look back at a most unusual year

Down Memory Lane: Killeshin’s Celebrity Bainisteoir adventure in 2011

Down Memory Lane: Killeshin’s Celebrity Bainisteoir adventure in 2011

December 21, 2020

On our latest Down Memory Lane Podcast, we've gone back to 2011 to remember the incredible season enjoyed by the Killeshin footballers. 

They won the intermediate championship for the first time in 18 years and while that was a significant breakthrough, it was their appearance on the RTE programme Celebrity Bainisteoir that really captured the imagination. 

Managed by former Irish soccer international Tony Cascarino, the programme caused a welter of excitement in the small rural Laois community, culminating with an extra time final success over Galway side Michael Breathnachs under the Parnell Park floodlights. 

Presenter Steven Miller is joined by Gavin Deering, Pauric Bolton and Gavin Brennan to look back on that incredible series of games, one that saw them play on five successive weekends.

Convention, 2021, Mark Bates interviews and minors v Meath

Convention, 2021, Mark Bates interviews and minors v Meath

December 17, 2020

In the latest LaoisToday Talking Sport podcast, Alan chats to Laois minor football manager Mark Bates ahead of his side's Leinster championship semi-final against Meath this weekend. 

 

We also discuss Monday's Laois GAA annual convention, the contest for chairman and vice-chairman and how things may play out in 2021. 

 

As well as that we discuss Laois's heavy loss to Galway in the Leinster U-20 championship last weekend.

Cheddar’s back, convention chat and minor & U-20 previews

Cheddar’s back, convention chat and minor & U-20 previews

December 10, 2020

With Alan back from his holidays, the lads are back with this week's podcast to chat about a hectic couple of days on and off the pitch

Laois GAA accounts, convention battles plus the Laois man in All Ireland camogie final

Laois GAA accounts, convention battles plus the Laois man in All Ireland camogie final

December 1, 2020

On this week's episode, Steven and Alan discuss some of the hugely important off-field action of Laois GAA - the upcoming annual convention.

They chat about the battle for chairman and vice-chairman, the recently-published 2020 accounts, Niall Handy's hard-hitting secretary's report and the issue of a Laois Supporters Club. Is what is in place sufficient?

We're also joined by Derek Dunne from Clonad who is in charge of the Down camogie team that take on Antrim in the All Ireland intermediate final this weekend. 

Eddie Brennan steps away, Mark Kavanagh reaction and what next for Laois hurling

Eddie Brennan steps away, Mark Kavanagh reaction and what next for Laois hurling

November 24, 2020

Laois hurler Mark Kavanagh joins us on the line to chat about Eddie Brennan's decision to step away as manager. 

The Rathdowney-Errill man discusses the highs of the 2019 campaign, his hope that Brennan would stay on and why Laois GAA need to get the right man in charge for the 2021 season. 

Steven and Alan wonder who might be in the running for the role and how the appointment process will work as well as looking back on the Laois camogie team's All Ireland semi-final loss to Antrim. 

As well as that they chat about the Laois SFC semi-final draw which has paired favourites Portarlington against Ballyfin and Emo against Graiguecullen. 

LaoisToday Podcast: Senator Mark Wall on early political memories, Senate success and future hopes

LaoisToday Podcast: Senator Mark Wall on early political memories, Senate success and future hopes

November 20, 2020

Labour Senator Mark Wall is our latest guest on the LaoisToday Podcast.

From Castlemitchell outside Athy, he was elected to the Senate earlier this year having been unsuccessful in the previous two General Elections.

In a wide-ranging discussion, he chats about his early political memories and recalls the moment his father Jack was first approached run for the Labour party.

Mark discusses what it was like to work alongside Jack during his time as a TD before successfully contesting the Local Elections himself in 2009 and 2014 in the Athy local area.

He ran for the General Election in 2016 but wasn't helped by the fact that the boundary was changed, meaning a large part of Kildare - including Wall's own home - was moved into the newly-formed Laois constituency.

It meant that he wasn't able to even vote for himself though he did go close to winning a seat.

In this year's General Election, the boundary decision had been reversed and he performed well again, receiving 12% of the first preference vote, the highest percentage of any Labour candidate in the country and three times greater than what the party polled nationally.

But it again wasn't enough as he missed out on one of the three seats. However, it did open the door to contest the Senate elections.

And he chats about the surreal feeling of watching that election count from his home in Castlemitchell.

As well as that, he takes our quickfire round where he reveals his best and worst decisions and the best advice he ever got.

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