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Road trip to Ulster, relegation battles and club games are back
And all of a sudden there is more GAA games than we can keep up with.
All four Laois adult county games are in action this weekend as well as the return of club league games, outstanding 2020 championship fixtures and underage county finals.
Steven and Alan are back with this week's LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast to look ahead to the Laois footballers relegation playoff against Down, the hurlers clash with Antrim, the ladies football Division 3 semi-final and a camogie relegation game.
Can the Laois footballers survive in Division 2? Are the hurlers heading in the right direction? What can they learn from Kilkenny game?
Hurlers in Kilkenny, return of crowds and Nicole Turner
The action continues this weekend with two of Laois’s adults GAA teams set to take to the field.
The Laois camogie and football teams will be glad of a break this weekend following some heavy defeats throughout May.
But after their weekend off, the Laois hurlers are back this Sunday away to Kilkenny.
Steven Miller and Alan Hartnett discuss their chances and look at the broader picture on how the rest of the year is likely to unfold.
The ladies footballers are guaranteed a Division 3 semi final place but they will be keen to keep their winning streak going away to Wicklow.
The minor football and hurling panels have been released and Alan will provide a breakdown of the clubs involved while Steven will tell you who all the player's fathers and grandfathers are.
The show concludes with a chat with Paralympic swimmer Nicole Turner.
The Portarlington native is just home after claiming four medals at the European Championships and now has her sights firmly placed on Tokyo.
What now after latest Laois football loss?
The return of GAA action hasn't been a positive one for Laois football and hurling supporters.
Both adult county teams have played three National League games each and have lost every one of them. Relegation remains a distinct possibility for both.
On Sunday in O'Moore Park the footballers lost to Kildare by 2-18 to 1-8, their third loss on successive weekends and a result that confirmed their place at the bottom of Division 2 South.
In our latest Talking Sport Podcast we hear the thoughts of Laois football manager Mike Quirke after the game as well as reaction from former Laois player Chris Conway and LaoisToday's Alan Hartnett and Steven Miller.
This week's podcast was recorded in O'Moore Park after the game - the first of the year not to be conducted via Zoom!
Johnny Doyle, Donie Brennan and the weekend's GAA preview
The action continues this weekend with three of Laois’s adults GAA teams set to take to the field.
For the Laois footballers, it is their third game of 2021 as they will host Kildare, still in search of their first win.
Kildare lost out to Clare last weekend and we’ll be joined by former footballer Johnny Doyle to get the view from over there.
A brand ambassador for Joe Mallon Motors, the Allenwood man will also recall some of his memories from encounters with Laois in his playing days.
The Laois ladies are the only team to have recorded a win this year as they defeated Kildare last weekend.
They travel to Longford on Sunday and will be hoping for two on the bounce. We chat to manager Donie Brennan ahead of that one.
While we also look ahead to Laois Camogie's must win encounter with Wexford in O'Moore Park on Saturday afternoon.
Host Alan Hartnett is joined by Steven Miller for all of that plus more.
Conway, Carter, ladies win the highlight plus GAA Go woes
The Laois ladies footballers provided the highlight of the weekend with their National League win over Kildare.
Given that the men's footballers and hurlers as well as the camogie team were all beaten it was a timely boost for GAA in the county.
It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for Laois since sporting action returned with the hurlers losing all three league games to date and the footballers two.
Alan Hartnett was at all three Laois games over the weekend and he joins us on today's podcast to look back on the action.
And we also hear from former Laois footballer Chris Conway as well as former county hurler Damien Carter.
As well as that we have reaction from both Laois football manager Mike Quirke and hurling boss Seamas 'Cheddar' Plunkett.
Plus the lads complain about dummy teams, GAA Go and the issue with subs coming on!
Preview for Laois footballers, hurlers, ladies and camogie on bumper weekend
The action is ramping up this weekend with all four of Laois's adults teams set to take to the field.
For the Laois footballers, it is their second game of 2021 as they will host Cork and look to put last weekend's Clare misery behind them.
Cork lost out to Kildare themselves and we'll be joined by Kieran McCarthy of the Southern Star newspaper to get the view from down there.
The Laois hurlers are out for their third weekend in a row against Clare on Sunday in O'Moore Park.
Alan Hartnett and Steven Miller chat about their prospects and potential team changes.
The lads will also chat about the Laois ladies who begin their 2021 season at home to Kildare on Sunday.
Before all of that, on Saturday afternoon, the Laois camogie team begin their Division 2 league journey away to Kilkenny's second string.
We'll round out this week's podcast with an interview with co-captain Alison McEvoy.
Well worth a listen
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