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Talking Politics: Brian Stanley on early influences, Gerry Adams and the rise of Sinn Féin

Talking Politics: Brian Stanley on early influences, Gerry Adams and the rise of Sinn Féin

September 25, 2020

In our latest Talking Politics Podcast, we're joined by Laois-Offaly Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley to discuss his life and times.

We talk about his upbringing in Mountrath, his involvement in different community groups and organisations, how he became involved in the republican movement and his slow and steady rise through the political system. 

From being elected as a Portlaoise Town Commissioner in 1994, to his breakthrough success to Laois County Council in 2004, winning a Dáil seat for the first time in 2011 and then topping the poll in Laois-Offaly in 2020. 

He talks about the early days of Sinn Féin's steps into mainstream politics, their relationship with the media and his views on the use of social media. 

Talking Sport: Ladies football final preview, hurling semi-finals and intermediate football

Talking Sport: Ladies football final preview, hurling semi-finals and intermediate football

September 24, 2020

It's another huge weekend of GAA action in Laois with big games down for decision in both hurling and football. 

Our latest Talking Sport Podcast begins with ladies football this week as we're joined by Portlaoise manager Stephen Duff and Sarsfields selector Aileen O'Loughlin to look ahead to Saturday's senior final between the two clubs. 

Can Sarsfields claim a record-breaking eighth title in a row or can Portlaoise win an historic first?

We also look back on the ladies junior and intermediate finals where there was county final success for Graiguecullen and Shanahoe respectively. 

And there a number of massive games in the Laois hurling championships as well with the pick of the games being Sunday's Laois SHC semi-finals. Surprise package Rosenallis will be looking to continue their brilliant season when they take on Clough-Ballacolla while champions Rathdowney-Errill and Clough-Ballacolla meet in a repeat of last year's final in the second semi-final. 

We also look ahead to the Premier Intermediate and Intermediate semi-finals which see Portlaoise meet Camross and Slieve Bloom take on The Harps in the Premier grade while in the ordinary Intermediate, Trumera take on Clough-Ballacolla and Rathdowney-Errill and Borris-Kilcotton also meet. 

Steven and Alan also chat about the relegation games in the top three tiers where Castletown and Ballinakill meet in the senior, Colt-Shanahoe and Mountrath do battle in the Premier Intermediate and Ballypickas and Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe face off in the Intermediate. 

Talking Sport: Busy weekend of football, whingeing, moaning and complaining

Talking Sport: Busy weekend of football, whingeing, moaning and complaining

September 22, 2020

After another busy weekend, Steven and Alan look back on all the action. Round 3 winners, relegation battles, quarter-final draw and a list of complaints including social distancing, 13-a-side and a potentially long gap to the senior football semi-finals. 

Talking Sport: Mike Quirke, Eddie Brennan and football previews

Talking Sport: Mike Quirke, Eddie Brennan and football previews

September 17, 2020

With inter-county training allowed to resume, we're joined in our latest episode by Laois football manager Mike Quirke and hurling manager Eddie Brennan. 

Plus we look ahead to all of the weekend knockout football action.

Talking Sport: Camogie joy for O’Moore’s and cup success for Towerhill Rovers

Talking Sport: Camogie joy for O’Moore’s and cup success for Towerhill Rovers

September 15, 2020

We're joined by Laura Marie Maher, Player of the Match in O'Moore's Camogie final win on Saturday as well as Jack Fennell and Richie Downey from Towerhill Rovers to look back on their brilliant success in the Combined Counties Cup final

Talking Sport: Camogie final preview with Sarah Anne Fitzgerald & Joan Dollard plus hurling Round 3

Talking Sport: Camogie final preview with Sarah Anne Fitzgerald & Joan Dollard plus hurling Round 3

September 11, 2020

Ahead of the Laois camogie final this weekend, we're joined by Sarah Anne Fitzgerald and Joan Dollard to look ahead to the game. 

It's the first time since 2010 that Sarah Anne and her Camross team-mates aren't in the final having been knocked out by O'Moore's while Joan was on The Harps team that were beaten by St Brigid's in the semi-final. 

And as well as previewing that game, we also chat about Round 3 of the hurling when the semi-final pairings and relegation playoffs will be confirmed. 

Talking Sport: Darren Strong, James Finn and Portarlington come of age

Talking Sport: Darren Strong, James Finn and Portarlington come of age

September 7, 2020

After a very busy week of club GAA championship action, we're back with our Talking Sport Podcast where this week we have two high-profile guests. 

Former Laois players James Finn and Darren Strong join us to chat about Ballyfin and Emo's latest wins in the Laois SFC while Steven and Alan also look back on all eight senior games, including Portarlington's impressive win over champions Portlaoise.

Talking Sport: A Laois man in Syria, Round 2 previews, Tim Barry & TV debut

Talking Sport: A Laois man in Syria, Round 2 previews, Tim Barry & TV debut

September 3, 2020

After a brief break of less than eight days for some, the Laois senior and intermediate football championships are back for Round 2.

And our Talking Sport Podcast is back to look ahead to the weekend's action.

We have a first too - an interview with someone on the line from the middle of a war torn region. 

Portarlington and Laois footballer Paddy O'Sullivan joins host Steven Miller and Alan Hartnett on the line from Syria. 

He is into the last five weeks of a six month tour of duty with the Defence Forces. 

Working with the UN, Paddy tells the lads what his daily life is like, how he's keeping fit and most of all - how much he is missing his mammy.

The defender is hoping that Portarlington and Laois are still going in the next five weeks so that he can get back to play a bit of football in October. 

After that chat, it is straight into the action where the lads predict the eight senior and four intermediate games to be played between Thursday and Sunday. 

And they also examine all the permutations in the Ladies football championship where the final group games will be played on Sunday. 

Talking Sport: Mighty Rosenallis, one-sided matches and camogie semi-finals

Talking Sport: Mighty Rosenallis, one-sided matches and camogie semi-finals

August 31, 2020

It was a busy weekend of hurling and our Talking Sport podcast is reflective of that. 

After Rosenallis's shock win over Camross in the Laois senior hurling championship we're joined by John Lennon to look back on the game. He talks about what it's like playing games in an almost-empty stadium, his own injury battle and how Rosenallis are managing senior hurling and football.

We're also joined by Dermot McGill who was manager of the O'Moore's team that beat Camross in the camogie semi-final. St Brigid's beat The Harps in the other semi-final which was watched by Alan Hartnett. 

We look back at all 12 hurling games played in Senior, Premier Intermediate and Intermediate and pick our 'Player of the Match' from the four senior hurling and two camogie games.

Talking Sport: Hurling previews, TV pundits and camogie semi-finals

Talking Sport: Hurling previews, TV pundits and camogie semi-finals

August 27, 2020

After a break of four weeks, the Laois hurling championships get underway this weekend with a busy schedule of games. 

Steven Miller and Alan Hartnett are joined by Laois TV commentator Damien Carter to look ahead to the action on what will be a make or break weekend for a number of clubs. 

They also preview the Laois camogie semi-finals which are fixed for Sunday evening.

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