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From the Archives – Talking Sport Podcast: Ger Dunne on his role with the Irish soccer team, Portlaoise’s famous FAI Cup run and championship glory with The Heath

This Podcast originally appeared on LaoisToday in March 2021. 


We’re back with the latest instalment of the LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast.

Host Alan Hartnett is in the hot seat once again and this episode features a very special interview.

Portlaoise native Ger Dunne is a man of various sporting hats.

He currently holds the role of Head Performance Analysts with the FAI – a role that sees him working closely with Stephen Kenny and the Republic of Ireland soccer team in a bid to reach the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

But that is only a small part of a playing and managerial career that has spanned four different sports over more than three decades.

A minor hurling winner with Park-Ratheniska, Ger also played gaelic football with The Heath – playing in goals on the 1993 team that won the senior championship.

He played as a winger for Portlaoise rugby club but his main sport was soccer – and he played on a Portlaoise AFC team that reached an FAI Cup quarter final 30 years ago.

His sporting life to date is incredible and you can listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud below or by subscribing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

SEE ALSO – County Final Memory: ‘None as sweet as this’ as Camross deny Portlaoise five-in-a-row in 1985

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