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26 signs that you're a Westmeath sports fan

You know that Bressie was a rugby player before he was a musician, and 25 other sure-fire signs…

26. You celebrated Rory O’Connell winning the county’s first football All-Star in 2001

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25. But you’ll always remember when David Kilcoyne got his due in the 1986 hurling All-Stars

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24. You’ve seen ultra-marathon runner Gerry Duffy out pounding the pavements of Mullingar

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23. You’ve been known to have a few quid on Michael O’Leary’s horses

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22. Before Leinster and Ireland, you remember Joe Schmidt cutting his teeth as a coach in Wilson’s Hospital

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21. And when Bressie wasn’t a musician but Irish rugby’s next big thing

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20. You’ve chatted tactics with Roddy before the Midlands Clasico

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19. And you’re still stumped by Trap’s story about how he had to get the boat to St Mel’s when he was a coach at AC Milan

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18. You’ll tell anyone who will listen that Westmeath had not one…

Showjumper Joseph Murphy

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17. Not two…

Damien Shaw, right, who won Paralympic bronze with James Brown

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16. Not three…

Boxing silver medallist John Joe Nevin

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15. But four athletes at the London Olympics and Paralympics last summer

Double Paralympic gold medallist Mark Rohan

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14. (And it would have been five if Moate’s Joe Ward hadn’t been robbed)

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13. You reckon nobody gives a pre-match team-talk like Mark Rohan

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12. And you know Gary Connaughton was just as good between the sticks in his Athlone Town days…

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11. As he is for the county’s footballers

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10. You’ll never forget the day Shane Curran’s saves handed the League of Ireland title to Dundalk

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9. You cheered on Mullingar Athletic’s Connor Smith from your sitting room during the first season of Football’s Next Star

And you were delighted when he signed for Watford.

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8. You know John Heslin could have been an Aussie Rules star but he’s better off starring for Westmeath

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7. You savoured the U21 All-Ireland win in 1999

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6. And the minor win in 95 was one to cherish as well

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5. You taught Dessie Dolan how to kick points

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4. And surf

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3. You felt the loss of this Kerryman as if he was one of the county’s own

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2. And you’ve worn out your VHS of ‘Marooned’

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1. But the greatest moment of your life was…

That Leinster final against Laois in 2004.

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