Profile: Tom Bergin

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Tom Bergin, a hurling stalwart
On the 13th August 1999 the club lost another valued member with the death of Tom Bergin.
Tom who played most of his hurling with Clonad joined Portlaoise when he moved to live in the town. He was an outstanding selector on many club winning hurling teams and was also selector for Laois senior hurling team. His sons Liam, Paul and Sean played key roles on hurling and football teams with Portlaoise, winning numerous championships in all grades.
Laois Senior Hurling four in a row Champions 1984 (GAA Centenary Year): Back: Dick Sides, Ollie Byrne, Noel Rigney, Des Rigney, Seamus Plunkett, Sean Dunne, Martin Cashin, Sean Bergin, Jim Harding, Philip Rochford, Jimmy Keenan, Pat Critchley, John Bohane, Tom Walton, Brian Murphy, Liam Harney, Liam Hogan, John Dwyer, John Joe Ging, Hugh Rochford, Ned Murphy, Noel Hopper, Dan Dunne. Front: Peadar Molloy, Tom Lalor, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Doyle, Matthew Keegan, Joe Keenan, Liam Bergin, Sean Bergin (mascot), Billy Bohane, Mick Bohane, John Taylor, John Rogers, Jimmy Wrest, Christy Cahill, John Duggan, Teddy Fennelly, Jimmy Lalor. Extreme Front: Sean Delaney and Peter Ryan.
SH champions 1983: Back: Nollaig Rigney, Sean Dunne, Pat Critchley, Jimmy Harding, Sean Delaney, Sean Bergin, Jimmy Keenan, John Bohane, Seamus Plunkett; Front: Mick Bohane, Billy Bohane, John Joe Ging, John Taylor, Joe Keenan, Liam Bergin, Jimmy Doyle.
SH champions 1982: Back: Tom Lalor, John Bohane, Pat Critchley, Seamus Plunkett, Jimmy Harding, Sean Delaney, Sean Dunne, Joe Keenan, Jimmy Keenan, Jimmy Doyle; Front: Sean Bergin, Matthew Keegan, John Joe Ging, Mick Bohane, Liam Bergin, Billy Bohane, John Taylor.
SH champions 1981: Back: Eddie Condon, Seamus Plunkett, John Taylor, Joe Keenan, Sean Delaney, Billy Bohane, Jack Kavanagh; Front: John Joe Ging, Matthew Keegan, Liam Bergin, Jimmy Keenan, Sean Bergin, Jimmy Harding, Pat Critchley, John Bohane.

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