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Critchley's historic tale as sole All Star in Laois

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Niall Rigney was a key contributor for Laois between 1988 and 2001. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Niall Rigney was a key contributor for Laois between 1988 and 2001. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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Niall Rigney was a key contributor for Laois between 1988 and 2001. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

IN 1984, Laois hurlers reached the final of the Centenary Cup, a special knock-out competition which marked the GAA’s 100th anniversary. They defied predictions by reaching the decider where they lost to Cork, having earlier beating Galway and Tipperary by a point each in the semi-final and quarter-final.

However, Laois failed to reproduce that form in the final against the reigning All-Ireland champions.

A year later, Laois beat Dublin and Wexford to reach the Leinster final for the first time in 34 years. They lost to Offaly, who went on to win the All-Ireland SHC title.