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    Talking Sport: Masterson brothers on rugby with Portlaoise, Ireland, Scotland and Connacht

    Talking Sport: Masterson brothers on rugby with Portlaoise, Ireland, Scotland and Connacht

    In our latest Talking Sport podcast, we catch up with Portlaoise brothers Eoghan and Sean Masterson, who are now full-time professional rugby players with Connacht. In a wide-ranging discussion, we chat about their early memories playing with Portlaoise, how Eoghan was capped at U-20 level by Scotland and how he earned a contract with Connacht and has been with them now for the past eight seasons. Five years younger, Sean followed in Eoghan's footsteps, though he represented Ireland at all underage grades and has recently graduated from an Academy to senior contract with Connacht. As the game plans a comeback following the Coronavirus restrictions, Eoghan talks about how he hopes to be capped by Ireland and the various players and coaches they have played with. They also discuss coming through the club system to reach the professional ranks rather than schools and why more and more players are beginning to come that route. The lads also talk about playing Gaelic football with Park-Ratheniska at underage level. 

    • 49 min
    Talking Business: Pat McDonagh on Supermac's, the Killeshin Hotel and the post Covid future

    Talking Business: Pat McDonagh on Supermac's, the Killeshin Hotel and the post Covid future

    It's been the most unusual time for all businesses but the hospitality sector in particular has been hard hit. Among the first to close when the Coronavirus pandemic struck, it is one of the last to be allowed to re-open. This Monday, June 29, sees the latest phase of the Government's plan to re-open society and business with hotels and restuarants permitted to open their doors for customers again. In the latest LaoisToday Talking Business Podcast, presenter Steven Miller is joined by Pat McDonagh, owner of Supermac's and numerous hotels around the country including The Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise. In a wide-ranging discussion he chats about how the challenges facing the hospitality sector in re-opening. And he also talks about his new Supermac's outlet which is due to open at Junction 17 at Togher outside Portlaoise. Construction had to stop during the lockdown but it's on course to be ready for the August Bank Holiday weekend. Its opening comes 25 years after he opened his first Supermac's in the town and he looks at the various challenges and changes over the years. He also talks about what he sees as the various perspectives of customers - some who can't wait to go places again and some who are a bit fearful. 

    • 24 min
    Peter O'Neill interview and looking forward to the 'Covid' championships

    Peter O'Neill interview and looking forward to the 'Covid' championships

    Ever since the GAA announced their roadmap for clubs and counties for the 2020 season, players and coaches across the country have been figuring out how to approach what will be a campaign like none ever before.On this week's LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast, we have an interview with Laois GAA chairman Peter O'Neill.He chats about how Laois arrived at their decision to run this year's championship, why it was important to be fair to club players and how the county teams will manage their new slot in the calendar when inter-county action resumes in October.O'Neill also addresses the issue of Laois GAA finances, why they hope to get crowds to games and why streaming games live online offers problems as well as solutions.With Alan Hartnett on holidays, Steven Miller is in the presenter's chair where he is joined by guest Bernard Rochford.A regular on the Talking Sport podcast and a dual player with Mountmellick he talks about what the schedule will mean for hurlers and footballers and how teams might resume collective training.With a range of issues still unresolved in terms of playing games post the Coronavirus restrictions, we wonder how differents teams will respond.We also take a look at the actual championship draws across the top three grades in hurling and football.You can listen in full here or subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.SEE ALSO - Down Memory Lane Podcast: Clough-Ballacolla's breakthrough success in 2009

    • 57 min
    Talking Sport: GAA roadmap gives us a championship season to look forward to

    Talking Sport: GAA roadmap gives us a championship season to look forward to

    We don't know yet what way the year will play out - but following the latest easing of restrictions on Friday, we will have a GAA championship to look forward to.At both club and county level, the GAA have announced that competitions can go ahead in 2020.With clubs allowed to train in limited groups from June 29, the GAA have announced that club competitions can get underway on July 31.In a year like no other, county boards around the country are being given until October 11 to play their competitions.And an intercounty championship in football and hurling can get underway on October 17.There is no specifics as to what format the intercounty championships will take, whether the National Leagues will resume and what dates the big games like provincial All Ireland finals will take place.But for the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic gripped the nation in March, there is some certainty at last.In a special bonus edition of the LaoisToday Talking Sport podcast, Alan Hartnett and Steven Miller discuss what this can mean for GAA players and how it might work in Laois.They also chat about Newstalk's Off the Ball Mount Rushmore - and why Alan doesn't agree with the four chosen - as well as talking about the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and how it will disproportionately effect students.And in the big news of the week, Steven and LaoisToday look to be on course to get a coveted 'blue tick' on Twitter.

    • 49 min
    Talking Sport: Paul Cahillane on Celtic, Portlaoise, Ireland, Laois and Roy Keane

    Talking Sport: Paul Cahillane on Celtic, Portlaoise, Ireland, Laois and Roy Keane

    Our latest Talking Sport is here and we bring you a brand new format.Alan Hartnett is in the presenter’s chair once again and he is joined on the line by Portlaoise’s Paul Cahillane.For the next couple of episodes, the Talking Sport Podcast will switch its focus to chatting to Laois people who excelled at extremely high levels in different sports.Paul Cahillane is up first and he has a fascinating story to tell. Plucked from Portlaoise as a talented teenage soccer player, he headed across the water to Glasgow where he played for Celtic for three years.In that time he was also capped by the Republic of Ireland and he also happened to be in Scotland at the same time as a certain Roy Keane.But when that journey ended, Cahillane returned to Portlaoise where he has gone on to win 10 Laois football championships, a Leinster club crown (all with Portlaoise) and a Division 4 League title with Laois.He’s still playing soccer too - back where it all began with Portlaoise AFC.The fascinating chat ends with some quick fire questions where Paul is asked about his toughest opponent, favourite coach and most intimidating teammate in both sports.While he also has some very interesting advice for a young aspiring soccer player should they be offered the chance to move to the UK too.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Talking Sport: Laois hurlers Willie Dunphy and James Keyes on getting back to work, super skills, Shinty and 7-aside teams

    Talking Sport: Laois hurlers Willie Dunphy and James Keyes on getting back to work, super skills, Shinty and 7-aside teams

    Our latest Talking Sport is here and we are continuing with the same format as the previous three. Alan Hartnett is in the presenter’s chair once again and he is joined on the line by Laois hurlers Willie Dunphy and James Keyes.The trio chat about getting back to work in the new Coronavirus world, James’ All-Ireland title, Willie’s Dublin memories, club amalgamations, Shinty and then Alan sets them a challenge.Both Willie and James are asked the pick their best 7-aside teams - but the teams have to be made up of players that the other person player with.It leaves James having to choose between legends like John A Delaney, Brian Campion and Brian Stapleton while Willie is forced to pick between a number of his current teammates!It’s all a bit of fun and some of the picks are not who you may have thought before.The chat finishes with some quick fire questions where the pair are asked about their toughest opponent, favourite coach, most intimidating teammate and what they would be doing if they didn’t hurl!

    • 57 min

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