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'Everybody knows everybody so it’s going to be surreal' - two teams, one parish and a county final battle

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Portarlington manager Martin Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile

Portarlington manager Martin Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile

Portarlington manager Martin Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile

The excitement in and around Portarlington has built to a crescendo. On Friday night the Railway Bar on Station Road hosted an Up for the Match-style evening, celebrating and previewing a Laois county final with a difference; one that sees two clubs from the same parish face off.

Portarlington and O’Dempseys hail from the Portarlington parish that, almost as soon as the finalists were confirmed a fortnight ago, was bedecked in colour. This week of all weeks, everyone has a dog in the fight.


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