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LISTEN: The legendary Pat Delaney joins us to look ahead to this weekend’s county finals

Pat Delaney has given a lifetime of service to Laois hurling in a variety of roles and was the last Laois man to referee the All Ireland hurling final - in 1989

We’ve had some great guests in with us over the past couple of weeks discussing the busy GAA season – but ahead of this weekend’s Laois Senior and Senior ‘A’ finals, we’ve arguably our most high profile guest of all.

Pat Delaney – the legendary Laois hurling kitman, former All Ireland final referee, Rathdowney-Errill and St Brigid’s camogie clubman extraordinaire and a storyteller of the highest calibre – joined us in the LaoisToday offices this week.

With his own Rathdowney-Errill in the final, and three of his sons involved, he wasn’t giving away too many secrets.

But he is looking forward to the weekend action and hoping that his club can get one over on their great local rivals Borris-Kilcotton.

He also looked back on a magical summer with the Laois hurlers – what it was like lifting the Joe McDonagh Cup in Croke Park with his neighbour and clubmate Paddy Purcell; the celebrations in Portlaoise; the magic of a ’99 cone and his hopes for 2020.

And he looked back on his refereeing career and how as well as refereeing games all over the country, he also went on an All Stars tour to Toronto and later went over and back to America to ref games during the summer.

As well as the senior final, we also chatted about the the Senior ‘A’ decider between The Harps and Rosenallis.

Can Rosenallis continue their brilliant season and complete another hurling/football double? Or will The Harps finally taste some long overdue county final success?

As well as the matches, we were joined by our photographer Julie Anne Miller who has been out to all the primary schools of the competing primary schools.

She describes the colour and the atmosphere from those visits, how a couple of Rathdowney-Errill children seem to be infiltrating one of the Borris-Kilcotton schools and how one young student in Kiladooley NS has it all figured out – with a final score prediction!

You can listen to our latest episode in full here.

SEE ALSO – My Club & I: Rathdowney-Errill forward Eoin Bourke ahead of Sunday’s big game

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