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A warrior and a gentleman: GAA world salutes 'Brick' Walsh on championship appearance record

74 not out for Brick.

Michael Walsh signs a fans programme after the game Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Michael Walsh with fans after the game Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

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LONG AFTER THE final whistle had blown at Semple Stadium, bringing Waterford’s summer to an early end, one man was still togged out on the pitch surrounded by fans.

Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh made his championship debut in 2003; today the Déise’s most loyal servant lined out for the 74th time, setting a new record for appearances in the senior hurling championship.

Among the first to congratulate ‘Brick’ was the man whose record he broke, former Tipperary keeper Brendan Cummins.

And as the tributes poured in from across the GAA world, people reached for the same words time and again.

Warrior.

Legend.

Gentleman.

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