Sign of better times to come for battling laois
Limerick supporters created the happiest scenes of the hurling championship so far after the win over Tipperary last Sunday week, but the most uplifting sight of the season to date was in Portlaoise on Sunday when Laois hurlers got a standing ovation as they left the pitch at half-time leading Galway by a point.
Laois eventually lost, but did so after a performance full of pride, passion, smart organisation by Seamus Plunkett (left) and a high quota of skill and efficiency. They were, after all, playing the second favourites for the All-Ireland title, which made their efforts so commendable.
Coming after two seasons in which Laois lost to Cork, Dublin and Limerick by an average of 27 points per game, it was a very encouraging turnaround. Hopefully, it's the sign of much better times ahead for Laois.