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Double delight for Laois Badminton
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Double delight for Laois Badminton

Double All-Ireland Success for Laois Badminton

The Laois badminton team have been crowned the All-Ireland Inter-County Champions at Grade 5/G for 2024. 

They competed in the Inter-County Leinster Championship, hosted by Leinster Badminton, in March. They beat Louth, Meath, Wicklow, and Westmeath in the preliminary rounds to become Leinster Champions. They also won the President’s Cup for team of the tournament on the day. 

The Victor All Ireland Inter-County Championships were held in the University of Limerick on Sunday the 28th of April. Laois played in a round robin tournament against Limerick and Galway to be crowned All Ireland Champions for 2024 at Grade 5/G. 

Photo: Laois – All Ireland Champions 2023 – Grade 6/H
(Back Row L-R) Edel Clancy, Noelle Clancy, Catherine Smyth (Badminton Ireland President), Mary
Dobson, Jasna Reynolds, Claire O’Neill
(Front Row L-R) Adam Holden, Shane Fitzpatrick, Kevin Grace, Kevin Connolly

Laois won the Leinster and All Ireland titles at Grade 6/H in 2023, with the winning players moving up a grade to compete for 2024. For many of the players, it’s their second All Ireland title in a row. 

The team was comprised of members from Portlaoise and Mountmellick badminton clubs. 

Roy Cobbe, Chairman of Portlaoise Badminton Club and Honorary Life Member for exceptional service to Leinster Badminton, said “It is great to see Laois Badminton doing so well. It is a great achievement for the players for both club and county”. 

Portlaoise Badminton Club currently trains in Vicarstown Community Hall on Monday and Thursday evenings from 8pm. Juvenile training is on Sunday mornings from 10am-11:30am. New players are always welcome. They will be hosting a beginners training course in September at the start of the new season.

Further information on Portlaoise Badminton Club is available on both Facebook and Instagram @portlaoisebadmintonclub, where they keep you updated on training, competitions, and social events within the club. If you are interested in giving badminton a try, reach out online or you can contact Roy on 0872661193.

Photo: Laois – All Ireland Champions 2024 – Grade 5/G
(Back Row L-R) Edel Clancy, Noelle Clancy, Mary Dobson, Claire O’Neill, Aoife McEvoy, Lina Rohan,
Catherine Smyth (Badminton Ireland President)
(Front Row L-R) Jithin Kurian, David McElhannan, Adam Holden, Kevin Grace, Kevin Connolly,
Maurice Harrington