Author Topic: LAOIS ALL-IRELAND HURLING WINNERS 1915  (Read 1799 times)


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« on: April 02, 2015, 12:45:31 PM »
This Easter Monday our Laois Hurlers will take on Cork in a challenge match in Clough Ballacolla as part of the 100 Year Commemoration of our 1915 All Ireland Hurling Championship win.

To mark the occasion our players will be kitted out in the colours worn by the Ballygeehan team who represented Laois in that All Ireland Final.

The match will take place against Cork on Easter Monday at 2.30pm at Ballacolla.

n the senior hurling championship newcomers Ballygeehan took the senior title for 1914 over Kilcotton.

Attatched  below is  an account of Ballygeehan's triumphant campaign, as taken from the Laois GAA History

In the senior hurling championship newcomers Ballygeehan took the senior title for 1914 over Kilcotton.

The benefit however to Leix from a Ballygeehan powered team was the extra players for the county senior panel. The preparations for the 1915 senior campaign were very intensive and the benefits were obvious. For the second year in a row Kilkenny were beaten by a point 4-1 to 2-6 on 6 June at Tullamore. The Leinster Final was at Kilkenny on 15 August against Dublin (Faughs selection) who had put out Wexford. The team had six points to spare 3-2 to 0-5. the team Jack Finlay (Captain), John Phelan, Paddy Ryan (Goalie), Tom Finlay, Jack Walsh (Ballygeehan), Jim Hiney, Jack Daly, Jim Deegan (Rathdowney), Ned Mc Evoy (Abbeyleix), Jack Loughnane (Ballacolla), Joe Dunphy (Rapla), Bob O' Keefe, Joe Carroll, Jim Carroll, Jack Carroll (Kilcotton). Cork (Redmond's) awaited them in the final on 24 October.

A period of intense preparation including two practice games with Dublin and Kilkenny followed. Mr. J. J. Higgins was mainly responsible for arranging the practices and the adoption of the system of training that proved so successful.

Both teams had a tough route to the final, Leix overcoming former champs Kilkenny and a rising Dublin team, winners in 1917. Cork had put paid to the cream of Munster, Tipperary in round 1, Limerick in the semi, and the All-Ireland Champions Clare in the final. Both teams traveled up on Saturday for the game. Leix wore black and amber hoops while Cork wore yellow jerseys. The teams took the fields amidst a drenching downpour.

Leix were first on field to be followed by Cork led on by the Barrack Street Brass Band. Though playing well, the first twenty minutes of the game was a nightmare for Leix. Wide after wide while Cork registered two goals. A point from a free by Phelan opened the Leix account but Cork were down for an other goal. Joe Phelan scored the first Leix goal after 21 minutes. Leix on top had a second goal from John Phelan. Leix finished the half with a point from Tom Finlay.

Half- Time Cork 3-0, Leix 2-2.

The bookies who before the game were four to one to Leix were now offering six to four. On the resumption Cork pressed but Leix got down to score a magnificent goal through Hiney. A second goal by Hiney had Leix in control. Stout defending by O' Keefe kept Cork out. The brilliant play of Tom Finlay was being appreciated all around the ground. After 21 minutes of the second half Jack Carroll had a goal for Leix. Cork
got down, a third goal. John Finlay never gave the Cork forwards a chance after this they could not pass him. A point for Cork was followed by Hineys third goal. Leix's
All Ireland 6-2 to 4-1.

Among the 15,000 spectators was a heavy weight boxing champion Jack Johnston then in revue at a Dublin music hall "He appeared to be a supporter of Leix too"
Congratulations flooded into the team Sir Algerman Coote Bart, of Ballyfin sending his best wishes per Mr. P. J. Meehan M. P., William Dill Fair Hill Cork sent his congratulations to Fr J. J. Kearney President whose efforts for the team and the county were widely praised. Joh T. Kennedy, Captain of the Wexford Football team sent congratulations also R. D. (Drug) Walsh (Kilkenny) Fr Power, CC (Kilkenny) Fr Coffey (Thurles), Dr Fitzgerald (Cork), M. F. Brennan (Macroom).

Abbeyleix Rural District Council was the first public body to offer congratulations
to be followed by the remainder of the bodies in the county.
Some of the team traveled home on the Sunday a section of the team that remained in Dublin until Monday evening received a very cordial reception on their arrival by the 5.20 train at Abbeyleix. John Finlay the captain on alighting form the train was borne shoulder high through the town.

Abbeyleix pipers band and about 70 cars took part in the triumphal procession. The team for the final read John Finlay(Captain), John Walsh, Joseph Phelan, Thomas Phelan, J. Phelan, Patrick Ryan (Ballygeehan), John Hiney, John Daly (Rathdowney), E. P. Mc Evoy (Abbeyleix) John Carroll, Joseph Carroll, R O'Keefe, James Carroll (Kilcotton) Joseph Dunphy (Rapla), Patrick Campion( Rathdowney), Jim Kelly- Sheridan replaced P Campion injured.

A special meeting of the county board presided over by Fr Kearney with J Drennan (Secretary) and Jas. Miller (Treasurer) also present was held in the new parochial hall Mountrath on 31 October. Congratulations continued to shower in including Mr. John Lalor Kilkenny. Tom Finlay (Ballygeehan) on behalf of the team thanked the county board and all who helped the team get to the All-Ireland.

This should be a great occasion for Laois hurling and we can expect one really hard game from Cork with their league semi final against Dublin not for two weeks.

I hope there is a great turnout on the day!



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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2015, 05:24:58 PM »
Anyone go to this yesterday? Was there a big crowd at it?

Seems to have been a decent run out for the lads.
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2015, 01:49:01 AM »
Paudie O’Sullivan keeps scoreboard ticking over for Cork
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
by Cóilín Duffy

Cork 1-25
Laois 0-24

Cork senior hurling manager Jimmy Barry Murphy expects Mark Ellis and Alan Cadogan to return for the Rebels Allianz League semi-final against Dublin on Sunday week. The pair both picked up hamstring injuries in last month’s league loss to Tipperary in Páirc Uí Rinn.
“Mark and Alan have been working hard to get back into contention,” Barry-Murphy said after yesterday’s three-point win over Laois in Ballacolla.
“The two lads will be back certainly, but we will assess them more during the week, but I am happy that they will be available.”

The game, commemorating Laois’s lone All-Ireland SHC triumph 100 years ago, began on a positive note for the hosts, but ultimately Paudie O’Sullivan’s sharpshooting proved the difference between the sides.
Laois led 0-6 to 0-2 after 10 minutes, with Zane Keenan, Paddy Purcell and Ross King firing early scores, but despite a string of stunning saves from keeper Eoin Reilly, they let Cork into contention, with Luke Meade levelling after 28 minutes at 0-10 apiece.
Laois pushed ahead with a trio of Keenan points, but O’Sullivan’s goal ensured a 1-11 to 0-14 interval scoreline. Cork led for the first time five minutes after the restart, and although Laois kept in touch, Cork worked hard for the win, with O’Sullivan and Jamie Coughlan impressive.

Scorers for Cork: P O’Sullivan (1-7, 6f); J Coughlan (0-4); A Walsh & B Cooper (0-3); J Cronin, B Lawton & L Meade (0-2 each); D Lee & D Casey (0-1 each).

Scorers for Laois: Z Keenan (0-10, 5f, 1 65); P Purcell (0-4); R King (0-3); PJ Scully (0-3, 2f); D Peacock (0-2); J Campion & W Hyland (0-1 each).

CORK: P Collins; C O’Sullivan, D Cahalane, S McDonnell; B O’Sullivan, A Ryan, K Burke; B Lawton, A Walsh; J Cronin, B Cooper, J Coughlan; D McCarthy, P O’Sullivan, L Meade.
Subs: D Lee for McCarthy (HT); D Casey for Meade (44); D Browne for C O’Sullivan (49); R O’Shea for Cronin (55); W Keaney for McDonnell (55).

LAOIS: E Reilly; JA Delaney, C Healy, C Dunne; Joe Fitzpatrick, J Walsh, T Delaney; P Whelan, P Purcel; J Campion, Z Keenan, W Hyland; R King, T Fitzgerald, PJ Scully.
Subs: D Palmer for Whelan (47); B Stapleton for Dunne (47); D Peacock for Keenan (53); C Stapleton for Carroll (54); B Reddin for Hyland (58); C Dunne for JA Delaney (59); Jim Fitzpatrick for Joe Fitzpatrick (61); J Corrigan for Scully (61); J Purcell for P Purcell (61).

Referee: Anthony Stapleton (Laois).
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