Profile: Colm Browne

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Colm Browne Portlaoise receiving the 1984 Senior Football Cup with Paddy Connolly
Captain Colm Browne 1984 Portlaoise gives an interview after receiving the Jack Delaney Cup

Colm Browne has achieved almost everything a Gaelic player could wish for, with the exception of Championship honours with his beloved Laois.
At Club level Colm has won ten Laois Senior Championships, four under 21s and two Minor
Medals. He also reached the Holy Grail of Club Football when he played and trained The Town to win the All Ireland club Final in 1983 defeating Roscommon’s Clan na Gael in the Final. Colm also had the distinction of training the winning team. He holds three Leinster Club medals, three Railway Cup medals and had the great honour of captaining Laois to a National League title in 1986. He also represented Ireland in the Compromise Rules Series.
His performances during this period brought a lot of national recognition of the stylish wing back earning him an All Star in 1985. He played on an All Star team including players such as Pat Spillane, Charlie Nelligan, Mike Sheehy and Mick Lyons.
When Colm finished playing his training skills were further recognised when he was asked to
take on the managerial role of the Laois Senior Football team in 1994 spending three years in
charge. He spent a period with Tipperary bringing lots of improvement to the Premier footballers. 
In 2001 Laois came calling again and he didn’t shirk from the responsibility of a second stint with Laois seniors. He brought the O’Moore County into Division One in 2002 and then decided to take a break from Management after the championship exit.
The esteem that Colm is held in Laois was evidenced when he was selected on the Laois team of the Millennium. On that team he was joined by fellow Portlaoise player from the 1964 three in a row team, Goalkeeper, Paddy Bracken and All Ireland team mates Eamon Whelan and Tom Prendergast.
In 2013 he had the distinction of being selected on the team of the Eighties of the greatest players never to win an All Ireland medal.

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