The late Joe McCabe was a Laois minor for five years

January 05, 2019

A view of O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.
©INPHO/James Crombie.

The only man in the history of the GAA to have played county minor for five years was laid to rest in Abbeyleix yesterday.

Joe McCabe, who was in his 100th year, represented Laois in minor hurling in 1933, '34, '35, '36 and '37. He kept goal in 1934 when they defeated Dublin to win their first Leinster MHC title before going on to lose the All-Ireland final to Tipperary by a point.

He went on to play senior for Laois from 1938 to '42 and won nine senior championship medals with his beloved Clonad, of which he was club president. Joe's achievements were recognised by Laois GAA in 2010 when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. 


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