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The story of the Laois man who played rugby for Ireland and was banned by the GAA

Noel Turley from Vicarstown is one of a handful of Laois men to play rugby for Ireland when he was capped in 1962. He passed away in 2015

Only a handful of Laois men have played rugby for Ireland – one of them was Vicarstown native Noel Turley whose only cap came in an infamous game against England in 1962. We tell the story of his career here, how he rose to such a high level and how he was a victim of…


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Steven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he's happiest when he's telling stories or kicking a point.