- Laois GAA
infobox GAA county
county gaa = Laois GAA
irish = Laois
province = Leinster
nickname = The O'Moore County
county colours = Blue and White
O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
dominant sport = Gaelic Football
nfl div = Division 1
nhl div = Division 1
football champ = Sam Maguire Cup
hurling champ = Liam McCarthy Cup
ladies football =
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|The Laois County Board of the
Gaelic Athletic Association(GAA) ( _ga. Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Laois) or Laois GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic gamesin County Laoisand the Laois inter-county teams.
One of a select group of counties to have contested All Ireland finals in both football and hurling, Laois have recently enjoyed a football revival associated with the success of their minor teams from 1996 on and the winning of the
Leinster Senior Football Championshipin 2003.
A great display by midfielder
Liam Irwinhelped Laois beat Monaghan by a point in the 1986 National Football League final. They have been to the National Football League semi-final three times in the 1990s.
All-Ireland Minor Football Championships in 1996 and 1997 Laois became a field study to show if the minor championship really works as a breeding ground for senior success. They topped up an appearance in the All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championshipfinal with a breakthrough Leinster Senior Football Championshipin 2003 under former Kerry and Kildare manager Mick O'Dwyer. Laois won another All-Ireland Minor Football Championshipin 2003, beating Dublin in the final.
Mick O'Dwyer's management of Laois ended and he was replaced by the former Limerick manager, Liam Kearns.
All-Ireland Senior Football ChampionshipFinalists: 2
All-Ireland Minor Football Championships: 3
**1996, 1997, 2003
All-Ireland Junior Football Championships: 1
*All-Ireland ‘B’: 1
*National Football League: 2
**Semi-finalists: 1952, 1978, 1994, 1995, 1997
Leinster Senior Football Championships: 6
**1889, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1946, 2003
Leinster U21 Football Championships: 8
**1964, 1969, 1982, 1987, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2007
Leinster Minor Football Championships: 9
**1932, 1966, 1967, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007
Leinster Junior Football Championships: 5
**1907, 1941, 1968, 1973, 1993
O'Byrne Cup: 5
**1978, 1987, 1991, 1994 and 2005
*"'Women's MF in 1992
All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championshipin 1983
Famous Former Players
Laois Gaelic football Squad
Laois Club Football
The major local club competitions in Laois are the championships which are listed below.
In addition, all teams compete in the All-County Football League from Division 1 down to Division 5.
Laois Senior Football Championship Laois Intermediate Football Championship Laois Junior Football Championship Laois Junior "B" Football Championship Laois Junior "C" Football Championship Laois Under 21 Football Championship Laois Minor Football Championship
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championshiptitle was in 1915 when the day was so wet the team reportedly played the second half in their overcoats.
The hurlers reached
National Hurling Leaguesemi-finals in 1981 and 1983 before losing the Centenary Cup hurling final to Cork in 1984, and were back in the National Hurling Leaguesemi-final in 1996. Laois's last big Leinster Senior Hurling Championshipwin, over Wexford in 1985, was followed by a disappointing final defeat against Offaly.
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship: 1
National Hurling League: 1
**semi-finalists 1981, 1983, 1996.
**Div 2 Hurling in 1960 and 1965
*All-Ireland Senior B Hurling: 2
**1977 and 1979,
Leinster Senior Hurling Championships: 3
**1914, 1915, 1949
Leinster Under-21 Hurling Championships: 1
Leinster Minor Hurling Championships: 4
**1934, 1940, 1941, 1964
Leinster Junior Hurling Championships: 3
**1910, 1914, 1933
*All Stars: 1
Walsh CupH in 1980 and 1991,
*"'Keogh Cup H in 1982.
Notable Former Players
Laois Hurling Squad
Laois Club Hurling
The major local club hurling competitions in Laois are the championships which are listed below.
In addition, all teams compete in the All-County Hurling League from Division 1 down to Division 5.
Laois Senior Hurling Championship Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship Laois Junior Hurling Championship Laois Under 21 Hurling Championship Laois Minor Hurling Championship Laois Junior "B" Hurling Championship Laois Junior "C" Hurling Championship
A Hundred Years Of The GAA In Laois by Teddy Fennelly, 1984.
Clubs of Laois
* [http://www.hoganstand.com/Laois/ Laois on Hoganstand.com]
* [http://www.hoganstand.com/Laois/Profile.aspx National and provincial titles won by Laois teams]
* [http://www.hoganstand.com/Laois/Titles.aspx Club championship winners]
* [http://laoisgaa.ie/ Laois GAA site]
* [http://www.laoistalk.com Laoistalk.com - news feed forum on Laois GAA]
* [http://www.forum.laoistalk.com Laoistalk.com discussion Forum - Discussion forum for Laois GAA]
* [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/article850324.ece?token=null&offset=0 Times article on 2003 Leinster win]
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