Hurling is the fastest field sport in the world and is one of the most popular sport played in Ireland. In the area of South Laois and North Kilkenny it is particularly popular due to the success of great Kilkenny hurling teams over the years. Cullohill in South Laois were a force in the 1950s and 1960s winning Senior Championship titles in both decades while powered by The Mahonys, Dunphys and Spencers. They later in 1984 joined forces with Durrow to form “The Harps”.
Cullohill’s near neighbours The Fenians of Johnstown in North Kilkenny were the kingpins of Kilkenny hurling in the 1970s winning five Senior Hurling Championships in that decade with The Hendersons, Delaneys, Fitzpatricks and Orrs always to the fore. Many titles have also been won by other clubs in the region including; Clough-Ballacolla, Rathdowney-Errill, Galmoy, Lisdowney, The Emeralds of Urlingford, Freshford, Ballyragget and Ballinakill.
Freshford, Lisdowney and The Harps have all also had huge success in the Ladies equivalent of Camogie. Visitors to the area are always welcome to attend club playing grounds and watch some of the present day stars ply their trade.
Clubs with Websites:
The Harps, Swan Rd, Durrow, Laois County – http://www.harpscamogie.com/
The Fenians, Rathdowney Rd, Johnstown, Kilkenny County – http://www.fenians.ie/feniansclub.htm
Lisdowney GAA Club, Lisdowney Village, Kilkenny County – http://lisdowney.kilkenny.gaa.ie/
Galmoy GAA Club, Galmoy Village, Kilkenny County – http://www.kilkennygaa.ie/page/galmoy