Portlaoise GAA club would like to send heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the great Christy O’Brien of Borris in Ossory. Christy goes down in history as one of the greatest hurlers Laois has ever produced.
He was an admirer of Portlaoise football too and even played a championship match for the Town in the 1961 against Annanough in a replay. He didn’t pursue it as he felt there was plenty of talent in the club and he didn’t want to deny a Portlaoise player their place on the team.
Portlaoise: Paddy Bracken, Christy O’Brien, Phil O’Keeffe, John Dunne, Pat Dalton, Alfie Lewis, Mick Murphy, Jim Hughes, Teddy Fennelly, Pascal Delaney, Johnny McCormack, Mick McDonald, Donald Dunne, Christy Fitzpatrick, Jas O’Reilly.
Sub: Billy Bunyan
A little later in the year he led his native club to a fourth SHC title in six years.
Christy’s son Pat, also a great hurler, followed in his dad’s footsteps by going on to play football and win championships with The Town.