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From the Archives – ‘Battle of Aughrim’ referee remembers the most infamous moment of his career

Laois v Wicklow 1986
Laois captain Colm Browne, referee Carthage Buckley and Wicklow captain before the infamous game in Aughrim in 1986

This piece was originally published on LaoisToday in November 2020.  Aughrim. 1986. Laois v Wicklow. There are few days in Laois GAA history that stand out as much – and it’s for all the wrong reasons. It’s the day that Laois were knocked out of the Leinster championship in the opening round, just six weeks…


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