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Laois boss recalls childhood days at Fins

TOM McKITTERICK didn't need the Sat Nav going to Lawless Memorial Park in Swords. He knows the place better than most.

He'll forever be a Fin. He played senior football for the club and he also managed the senior footballers.

"You always remember your childhood. I grew up in Swords. I have so many good memories of Fingallians. It will always be a special place to me," says Tom.

"I still keep in touch with many of the people at Fins. We had so many good days together. I'll never let them down."

Tom is managing Laois and doing a pretty good job of it. Laois are among the Leinster leaders.

They produced some top-class footballers over the years and the magnificent Tracey Lawlor is still delighting audiences all over the country.

Tracey was selected on the Division 1 Tesco Team of the League this season.

Tom has seen the sport prosper. "Ladies football has really improved. The fitness is better than ever. Strength and conditioning plays such a big part in things now."

He has also witnessed the rise of the game in Swords.

Fingallians have been up there with the big girls for quite some time now and they have made it through the Senior Championship semi-finals yet again.

Growing

They have a cluster of county representatives. Dublin have had some memorable duels with Laois over the years.

And Tom states that Dublin's advancement in the game has done wonders for ladies football. "Living in Dublin back then, I saw at first-hand the progress that ladies football was making. It was fabulous for the county when they won that first All-Ireland title a couple of years ago.

"It had been steadily growing for so many years before that. And all the hard work paid off in what you see today."

He's enjoying the Laois gig. "My Granny came from Laois, so I always had a soft spot for the county. Things are going well.

"The squad are working hard. We'll be out in the Leinster Championship at the end of the month, so it's all hands to the pump."

Tom was also managing the Laois U21 lady footballers this term. He led them to the All-Ireland semi-final.

The campaign included a victory against Dublin at his favourite Fingallians home.

And there is the possibility, depending on the semi-finals, that Dublin and Laois could meet in the Leinster Senior Championship final next month.

But Tom is not even thinking about that. "We play the winners of Meath and Westmeath on June 30. That's taking up all our focus."


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