Walter Walsh (hurler)

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Walter Walsh
Walter Walsh (hurler).jpg
Walter Walsh in action for Kilkenny against Galway in the 2015 National Hurling League in Pearse Stadium
Personal information
Irish name Ualtar Breathnach
Sport Hurling
Position Right Corner Forward
Born (1991-05-25) 25 May 1991 (age 26)
Rosbercon, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Nickname Wally
Occupation Teacher
Club(s)
Years Club
2008- Tullogher-Rosbercon
Inter-county(ies)*
Years County Apps (scores)
2012- Kilkenny 11 (2-23)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 3
All-Irelands 3
NHL 2
All Stars 1
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 14:17, 7 July 2014.

Walter "Wally" Walsh (born 25 May 1991) is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right corner-forward for the Kilkenny senior team.[1]

Born in Rosbercon, County Kilkenny, Walsh first arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he first linked up with the Kilkenny minor team, before later joining the under-21 side. Walsh made his senior debut during the 2012 championship and immediately became a regular member of the starting fifteen.[2] Since then he has won three All-Ireland medals, one Leinster medal and two National Hurling League medals.

At club level Walsh is a Leinster medalist at junior level with the Tullogher-Rosbercon club.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Walsh has enjoyed much success with Tullogher-Rosbercon during his short club career.

In 2008 Walsh was only seventeen years-old when he was a key forward on the club's top team. He won a Leinster medal that year as Wexford side Clongeen were accounted for on a score line of 1-19 to 3-8.[3] Tullogher were subsequently beaten by Dripsey in the All-Ireland final.[4]

Inter-county[edit]

Walsh first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a member of the Kilkenny minor team in 2008. He won a Leinster medal that year before later lining out in the All-Ireland decider against Galway. Kilkenny were outplayed for much of the game, however, a late goal secured a 3-6 to 0-13 victory and an All-Ireland medal for Walsh.[5]

In 2009 Walsh added a second consecutive Leinster medal to his collection, however, Galway gained their revenge for the previous year's defeat in the All-Ireland final with a 2-15 to 2-11 victory.[6]

Walsh later played with the Kilkenny under-21 team, however, he enjoyed little success in this grade. He won a Leinster medal in this grade in 2012 following a huge 4-24 to 1-13 defeat of Laois.[7] 'The Cats' were later considered warm favourites for the All-Ireland title, however, Clare won the decider by 2-17 to 2-11.[8]

By this stage Walsh had also joined the Kilkenny senior team. He made his championship debut at full-forward in the All-Ireland final replay against Galway.[9] He scored 1-3 from play and collected his first All-Ireland medal as Kilkenny defeated Galway by 3-22 to 3-11.[10] Walsh finished off a memorable debut by claiming the man of the match award.[11][12]

In 2016, Walsh won an All-Star for his performances throughout the season in spite of suffering defeat in the All Ireland final to Tipperary.

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Tullogher-Rosbercon
Kilkenny

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the team". The Kilkenny People. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  2. ^ McCoy, Niall (1 October 2012). "Walt a debut!". Gaelic Life. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Brilliant Tullogher take Leinster crown". Munster Express. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tullogher in tears as Dripsey take title". Kilkenny People. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kilkenny outplayed, but plunder Galway hopes with goals". Galway Advertiser. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kilkenny 2-11 Galway 2-15". RTÉ Sport. 6 September 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Cats make Laois nightmare come true". Irish Examiner. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Clare fight back to claim under-21 crown". Irish Times. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Kilkenny make two changes for replay". RTÉ Sport. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Imperious Kilkenny win All-Ireland at ease". RTÉ Sport. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Super Wally". Tullogher-Rosbercon GAA. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Walter Walsh Interview". GAA.ie. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
Preceded by
Iarla Tannian
(Galway)
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final
Man of the Match

2012 (replay)
Succeeded by
Conor Ryan
(Clare)