Pat Critchley

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Pat Critchley
Personal information
Sport Dual player
Born Portlaoise, County Laois
Years Club

Pat Critchley is a well known sportsman from County Laois, Ireland. He has played at National League level in hurling, football and basketball.[1] He is a member of Portlaoise GAA club, with whom he won 14 Laois senior county championships - seven each in hurling and football. He went on to win three Leinster and one All-Ireland club football championships with Portlaoise. Critchley also won one Limerick senior county football championship.

Pat was awarded Laois's one and only hurling All-Star award in 1985.

Pat was a physical education teacher at Presentation College, Portlaoise up until recently. Since 1985, he has coached school basketball teams to eleven All-Ireland finals, winning five, and led the school to an All-Ireland football title.

Pat currently occupies a full-time coaching and development role with the Laois County Board and is the instigator of the successful Setanta Hurling program and the follow on Cuchulainn program.

His autobiography is called "Hungry Hill".


  1. ^ Hogan, Vincent (20 February 1999). "Critchley's Éire Óg march to new beat". Irish Independent. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 

Patrick Critchley is a hooker in the U16C's rugby team who wants to play scrumhalf