Carlow manager Turlough O'Brien said his team have "captured the imagination" of the county after their terrific Leinster SFC quarter-final defeat of Kildare.

They were superb in Tullamore, powering to a 2-14 to 1-10 victory and setting up a last-four showdown with Laois.

O'Brien showered his troops with praise, and said belief is growing inside and outside the ranks.

"It's a fantastic day for Carlow people," he told RTÉ Sporet.

"There's messages coming to me from America, Australia... all over the world and for Carlow people, it's captured their imagination how this team is playing, how they're going.

"It's just a fantastic time for Carlow. We've real quality in our team. We really feel players should enjoy these occasions and that's what we're doing.

"It was a great challenge for us today and we rose to the challenge. It's a great scalp for us to take. We'll see where it takes us."

Carlow didn't shoot a single wide on Sunday - "no wides, we don't allow wides!" - and will now renew acquaintances with Laois, who they twice faced in their Allianz Football League Division 4 campaign.

"We've played Laois twice and lost narrowly in both games," O'Brien added. 

"There's a huge Carlow-Laois rivalry. The third game in the trilogy should be something to see.

"We're very well prepared. We've put a lot of structure on our game. 

"I think people appreciate good defending as well as good attacking. It was a great facet of our game today. We were up against a very strong forward line. We held them very well.

"Carlow rising. Here we go!"