Kevin Walsh (Gaelic footballer)

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Kevin Walsh
Personal information
Irish name Caoimhín Breathnach
Sport Gaelic football
Position Midfield
Born 1969 (age 47–48)
Galway, Ireland
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Club(s)
Years Club
1986-2004, 2014 Killannin
Club titles
Galway titles 1
Inter-county(ies)
Years County
1988-2004 Galway
Inter-county titles
Connacht titles 5
All-Irelands 2
NFL 0
All Stars 3

Kevin Walsh (born 1969 in Galway) is a former Irish Gaelic footballer and current manager of the Galway footballers. He won three All Stars and two All-Ireland Senior Football Championships in his inter-county career with Galway. He also served as manager to the Sligo senior football team from 2008 to 2013.

Playing career[edit]

An effective midfielder, Walsh enjoyed a great playing career at club level with Killannin winning intermediate county titles in 1991 and 2014 against near neighbours moycullen at 45 years of age and at inter-county level with Galway. He was a key member of the latter team during the late 1990s and early 2000s and collected two All-Ireland titles and four Connacht titles during that time.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Club[edit]

Upon retirement from inter-county play, Walsh became involved in coaching. He had been in charge of the Aran Islands junior footballers in 2008.

Connacht[edit]

He was a selector with the Connacht inter-provincial team for a number of seasons.

Sligo[edit]

Walsh volunteered to manage the Sligo senior football team, and was appointed in November 2008.

He led Sligo from Division 4 to Division 2 of the National Football League in his first two years in charge winning the Division 4 and 3 titles in the process. He also led Sligo to the Connacht Junior Football Championship and All-Ireland Junior Football Championship in 2010. In 2011, he led Sligo to a second Connacht Junior Football Championship.

In 2013, Walsh fell out with Eamonn O'Hara after O'Hara launched a stinging tirade at his former manager on national television and told him to resign. The incident occurred following Sligo's first round elimination from the Connacht Championship at the hands of London. O'Hara gave his inside view of the chaos affecting the county as Pat Spillane peered down his nose over O'Hara's right shoulder, baffled at the news that a county like Sligo could be in an even worse state than Kerry.

Then O'Hara called Walsh "crazy."[2][3]

Former Armagh footballer Oisín McConville said O'Hara was out of line with his outburst and pointed out that most teams, apart from those to have played in that year's All-Ireland final, go back training in November.[4][5][6] Following defeat to Derry in the next game and elimination from the Championship, Walsh resigned as Sligo boss.[7]

Galway[edit]

After the resignation of Alan Mulholland, Walsh was selected as favourite to replace him as manager. Pete Warren was also in the race but withdrew soon afterwards. In September 2014, Walsh was appointed as the Galway Senior Football Manager.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Galway GAA profile". www.hoganstand.com. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  2. ^ a b c "Eamonn O'Hara calls on Sligo boss Kevin Walsh to fall on his sword following loss to London". RTÉ Sport. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Reilly, Terry (27 May 2013). "Sligo legend O'Hara calls for Walsh to quit". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "O'Hara calls on Walsh to step down". Hogan Stand. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Nolan, Sean (27 May 2013). "Monday Morning Corner Back: O'Hara tears into Walsh, O'Briain on the Sunday Game and prediction woes". JOE. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "McConville: O'Hara has 'personal axe to grind' with Sligo boss Walsh". Irish Examiner. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kevin Walsh steps down as Sligo senior football manager". RTÉ Sport. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Galway suffer 14-year Croke Park itch". Irish Independent. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tommy Jordan
Sligo Senior Football Manager
2008 - 2013
Succeeded by
Pat Flanagan
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alan Mulholland
Galway Senior Football Manager
2014-present
Succeeded by
incumbent