'The memories I have are just out of this world and bring happiness to me straight away'

Tommy Walsh is the next player to go under the Laochra Gael spotlight on TG4.

Image: James Crombie/INPHO

“ONE OF THE best of all time. The crowd favourite.”

A KILKENNY HURLING great is next up to receive the Laochra Gael treatment on TG4 tonight.

Tommy Walsh won nine All-Ireland titles, nine Leinster titles and nine All-Stars in five different positions during his 12 years at senior level with the Cats.

The Tullaroan man retired in 2014.

“When you have such a great gang around you, you feel invincible. For so many years, there were so many of us so close,” he tells the programme.

“Forevermore when I think about Kilkenny hurling, the memories I will have will be just out of this world and bring happiness to me straight away.”

He also speaks about the 2011 All-Ireland final, as he accidentally clipped referee Brian Gavin’s nose on their way to victory over Tipperary.

Tommy Walsh strikes referee Brian Gavin by accident Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Brian Gavin gets repairs after being accidently hit by Tommy Walsh Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

“There was no one more shocked in Croke Park than I was when that happened. It was probably the worst five minutes I ever put in in an All Ireland final, I was dreading being sent to the line. Lucky enough, Brian just got on with the game.

“The one thing you have to do as a hurler, you always go for the ball, and if you can’t see the ball, you pull where you think it is.”

Here’s a taste of what to expect later when the episode airs at 9.30pm on TG4.

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