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Mick Quain

In the world famous "Guinness Book of Records", there are two records credited to Cratloe man, Mick Quain. Mick was a referee for the GAA for 50 years without a break. The first match that he refereed was between O'Callaghans Mills and Tulla when the original referee was involved in an accident and could not officiate. This was in 1944.

His second mention in the record books was that at the age of 80, Mick refereed 13 matches. The record-breaking match was between Ahascragh and Tuam. The commentator Mícheál O'Mhuirtcherataigh was at the match and later wrote that Mick could move faster backwards than some of the players could move going forwards!

In total Mick Quain refereed around 5,500 games during his 50 years as a referee.

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