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Just said I'd throw this up here. Might generate some chat. Not a lot of GAA at this time of year except a bit of colleges stuff and the Leinster club semis.

I always keep an eye on the local soccer and rugby team results. Portlaoise AFC first team play in the Leinster Senior League which is a really high standard. There's always a few GAA connections with them too. Colm Coss, Paul Cahillane and Scott Osbourne are or were among their squad. Had been going well but have now lost three on the bounce and probably won't be getting promoted this season.

Mountmellick would be the top Laois team in the CCFL and Stradbally, Abbeyleix, Clonaslee and Rosenallis always have good teams. Arlington play in the Kildare league and Crettyard and Killeshin play in the Carlow league and I think teams from Durrow, maybe Mountrath and Rathdowney play in the Kilkenny league.

In the rugby Portarlington are going well this year but they are in the very bottom league while Portlaoise are going OK two divisions higher.

I like a bit of boxing too. Michael Nevin is a great prospect. So are Cian Reddy and Chris Cekiso. I often think of Michael O'Reilly too. Was heading to the Olympics until a stupid mistake cost him everything. Could he ever come back?

There's a few great young athletes too. Ava O'Connor, Sarah Buggy and Ruby and Nessa Millett.

Ballybrittas Boy:
There used to be a lot more soccer teams. A lot of them have disappeared. Ballybrittas, Emo, Killenard all had teams. There also used to be two or three clubs in Port.

steven seagal:
O'Reilly was a terrible waste of talent, I think he's been in a bit of bother on and off since so I don't see him ever making a meaningful comeback.

The basketball club in Portlaoise are very good too, they produce an awful lot of underage internationals in fairness to them. They would even pick up players from neighbouring counties who would play for them because of the level they are at. They seem to be a well-run outfit in fairness to them, if they only had their own court.

Is Shane Keegan still over the Portlaoise soccer team? They have had some decent managers too, Ger Dunne was over them for a while and he was involved in the irish management team with Martin O'Neill

Two good young runners to keep an eye on would be McKenzie Mcivor from up Ballylinan direction and also Jack Fenlon from Ballybrittas. Both running at a high level with Fenlon running internationally

Laois Rising:

--- Quote from: Ballybrittas Boy on December 07, 2021, 03:16:31 PM ---There used to be a lot more soccer teams. A lot of them have disappeared. Ballybrittas, Emo, Killenard all had teams. There also used to be two or three clubs in Port.

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For the same reason many rural GAA clubs are now struggling- population decline in many parts of Laois, especially rural communities. Bringing it back to GAA- look at the number of amalgamations at underage level in Laois GAA. Twenty years ago rural clubs like the two Arles', Crettyard, the Rock etc. all capable of fielding underage team at all the grades going up. Now you see amalgamations of 3/4 clubs to get a team together. Numbers are not what they were. Employment and jobs big factor- when Celtic Tiger here most young lads (like myself at the time) could make a good living  living from their home place. That's not been the case since 2008 and clubs lose lads to moving to Dublin, London or further afield for employment. They then not setting up roots at home-knock on effect is that their kids are then lost to the club as well.


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