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21 signs you're a sports fan from Laois

Featuring Hughie Emerson, a run of great Minor teams and Robert Sheehan.

21. You have been known to say ‘we’re a hurling/football county now’ depending on the fortunes of your senior county teams


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20. You remember Colm Browne and the Laois footballers bringing the National League trophy into Portlaoise’s Top Square on the back of a lorry in 1986 after beating Monaghan in the final in Croke Park


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19. And you remember exactly where you were only a few weeks later when Wicklow shocked the county footballers in the famous ‘Battle of Aughrim’ and dumped them out of the Leinster Championship and All-Ireland


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18. You’ve owned a hat just like Sean Cuddy’s


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17. And a mustache just like Seamus Cheddar Plunkett’s


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16. You regret not getting a round in with Seve at The Heritage


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15. Though you’re more than happy with the tourists it brings in


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14. You tell anyone who will listen that Stephen Hunt may be a proud Deise man but that he was born in Laois


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13. As was Colm Begley, despite the Aussies trying to poach him


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12. Now if only they’d let go of Zach Tuohy


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11. You’ve had your teeth done by Ian Fitzgerald


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10. Your hair done just like Wooly’s


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9. And your favourite radio show starts every weekday evening at 7


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8. You wonder what has gone wrong since that run of great minor teams


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7. You were sorry Paul Cahillane’s soccer career didn’t work out but it was nice to see him back in the blue and white all the same


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6. You’ve seen Robert Sheehan dressed like this when he goes to watch the Town


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5. You know where you were Alison Miller helped the Irish women create history


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4. You know that there will never be a better-named hurler than Paddy Ruschitzko, who had a Polish dad, an Irish mum, was born in New York and played on the last Laois hurling side to reach an All-Ireland final in 1949


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3. You’re absoluely convinced that Brian Rigney would have won far more caps for Ireland had his rugby career not been cut so short by injury


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2. You know that Anne Keenan-Buckley was one of the greatest distance runners this country has ever produced


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1. And you’re sure that Hughie Emerson was the coolest, toughest dude around in the GAA in the 1990s


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Shout out to Laois native and friend of TheScore.ie Brendan for his help with this.

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