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Laois county hurling team

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The Laois county hurling team represents Laois in hurling and is governed by Laois GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The team competes in the three major annual inter-county competitions; the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship and the National Hurling League.

Laois's home ground is O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. The team's manager is Séamus Plunkett.

The team last won the Leinster Senior Championship in 1949, the All-Ireland Senior Championship in 1915 and has never won the National League.


Laois won one All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship title, in 1915, when the day was so wet the team reportedly played the second half in their overcoats.

Laois currently competes in the Liam MacCarthy Cup (Tier 1 of the Senior Hurling Championship), but has also won three All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championships.

The hurlers reached National Hurling League semi-finals in 1981 and 1983 before losing the Centenary Cup hurling final to Cork in 1984, and were back in the National Hurling League semi-final in 1996.

Laois most recently contested the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship final in 1985, in what was to be a disappointing final defeat against Offaly.

Laois won the Joe McDonagh Cup in 2019, and went on to shock Dublin in the preliminary quarter-final the next week to reach the All-Ireland Quarter Final. This was considered one of the greatest shocks in the history of the championship.[1] The manager departed amid controversy in November 2020 after his criticisms of county board officials appeared on a podcast.[2]

Séamus Plunkett returned as manager in February 2021.[3]

Current squad

Team as per Laois vs Tipperary in the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final, 14 July 2019

No. Player Position Club
1 Enda Rowland Goalkeeper Abbeyleix
2 Lee Cleere Right Corner Back Clough/Ballacolla
3 Matthew Whelan Full Back Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton
4 Joe Phelan Left Corner Back Camross
5 Jack Kelly Right Half Back Rathdowney-Errill
6 Ryan Mullaney Centre Back Castletown
7 Pádraig Delaney Left Half Back Harps
8 John Lennon Midfield Rosenallis
9 Paddy Purcell Midfield Rathdowney-Errill
10 Aaron Dunphy Right Half Forward Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton
11 Mark Kavanagh Centre Forward Rathdowney-Errill
12 Éanna Lyons Left Half Forward Ballyfin
13 Willie Dunphy Right Corner Forward Clough/Ballacolla
14 Charles Dwyer Full Forward Ballinakill
15 Ross King Left Corner Forward Rathdowney-Errill
16 Thomas Dunphy Substitute Camross
17 Eric Killeen Substitute Rathdowney-Errill
No. Player Position Club
18 Andrew Mortimer Substitute Camross
19 Lorcan Burke Substitute Camross
20 Colm Stapleton Substitute Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton
21 Conor Phelan Substitute Castletown
22 Eoin Gaughan Substitute Camross
23 Neil Foyle Substitute Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton
24 Aaron Bergin Substitute Portlaoise
25 Stephen Bergin Substitute Clough/Ballacolla
26 Stephen Maher Substitute Clough/Ballacolla
- Donncha Hartnett Substitute Mountmellick
- Jake Cranny Substitute Abbeyleix
- Daniel Comerford Substitute Harps
- Mark Dowling Substitute Camross
- Ciaran Comerford Substitute Harps
- Ben Conroy Substitute Slieve Bloom
- Patrick Keating Substitute Rosenallis

RET Player has since retired from the county team.
INJ Player has had an injury which has affected recent involvement with the county team.
WD Player has since withdrawn from the county team due to a non-injury issue.

Current management team

Appointed 1 February 2021:[4]


Notable players

All Stars: 1

Laois has one All Star.



  1. ^ "Shock of the summer as Laois stun Dublin and book All Ireland quarter final date with Tipperary". Irish Independent. 7 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Eddie Brennan steps down as Laois manager". RTÉ. 24 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Laois confirm return of Seamas 'Cheddar' Plunkett". RTÉ. 1 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Plunkett rubber-stamped as Laois manager". Hogan Stand. 1 February 2021.
  5. ^ Critchley’s green shoots lift Laois Irish Examiner, 6 July 2013.
  6. ^ Critchley's historic tale as sole All Star in Laois Irish Independent, 25 May 2020.
  7. ^ Laois turn on the style to capture Joe McDonagh Cup at Croke The Irish News, 1 July 2019.
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