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'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.
Apr 12th 2017, 11:40 AM 8,092 5

“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.

Source: TG4/YouTube

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