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Tommy Walsh wins possession for the Sydney Swans. Picture: Matt King/Getty

Walsh: "I’ll be able for the nine-to-five life"

Five years after leaving home to carve out an AFL career, 26-year-old Tommy Walsh will shortly return home to Kerry with no regrets and three things on his mind — family, friends and football. The truth is he never left the Kingdom. Nor did it leave him. 

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Pearce Hanley applies sun block ahead of an Ireland training session. Hanley has all but ruled out a return to Mayo.   Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Mayo may have to wait for Hanley

Something tells you Pearce Hanley might never come home to wear Mayo colours again.

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Manager Ger O'Loughlin and Gavin O'Mahony celebrate Kilmallock's Limerick SHC final win over Na Piarsaigh. Picture: Inpho/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Sparrow remains unruffled<

AIB MUNSTER CLUB SHC FINAL:
Cratloe (Clare) v Kilmallock (Limerick
In his autobiography Anthony Daly pays tribute to formative influences.

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Tommy Walsh makes his way to the sideline before  the Leinster SHC final against Dublin. Picture: Dáire Brennan/Sportsfile

Walsh a wonder of modern hurling

The best place to begin any appraisal of Tommy Walsh’s career is not with the All-Ireland medals, not with the All Stars but on a Sunday afternoon at Walsh Park in the summer of 1997.

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Corofin's Michael Farragher fends off Ballintubber's Alan Dillon in the 2011 Connacht Club SFC semi-final at McHale Park. Picture: Brian Lawless

Farragher raising sights

AIB CONNACHT SFC CLUB FINAL:
Ballintubber (Mayo) v Corofin (Galway)
Michael Farragher has packed a huge amount into his 24 years.

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WISE WORDS: Tommy Walsh enjoyed huge success under Kilkenny manager Brian Cody in a variety of roles.

Tommy Walsh: ‘He ticked all the boxes for me — the best’

The retirement of Tommy Walsh from inter-county hurling with Kilkenny ends one of the most spectacularly successful GAA careers of all time.

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Tommy Walsh during the 2012 Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final against Cork in Thurles. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Does Walsh exit herald the end of the cavalier wing-back?

The departure of Tommy Walsh from the inter-county stage means we won’t see that red helmet blaze through a thicket having won a puck-out.

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Lee Keegan in jovial mood as he is interviewed by the press after squad training in Perth. Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Keegan eyes happy end to emotional year

It mightn’t have worked out the way he intended but Lee Keegan at least cleared his name.

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Tommy Walsh: The Footballer of the Year back in 2009 with Kerry.

GAA players shouldn’t face drug testing

Tommy Walsh sees no reason why inter-county Gaelic players should be subject to drug tests because they are amateur sportsmen.

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Cratloe manager Joe McGrath. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Cratloe boss McGrath relishing Kilmallock clash

AIB MUNSTER CLUB SHC FINAL:
Cratloe (Clare) v Kilmallock (Limerick)
Cratloe manager Joe McGrath says games like this weekend’s Munster club hurling final against Kilmallock are both a privilege and an opportunity.

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Tommy Walsh with Tipperary's Lar Corbett and Pa Bourke during the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

A true master under the high ball

Tommy Walsh built his legend in a variety of positions for Kilkenny.

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Moran pays tribute to ‘the best leader I ever played with’

David Moran has hailed Declan O’Sullivan as the "best leader" he has played alongside.

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Landers right man for the job, says Cork boss Barry-Murphy

Cork hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy believes new coach Mark Landers will inject a new freshness to the county’s set-up.

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Flannan’s edge Roco in thriller

St Flannan’s College, Ennis 3-5 St Francis College Rochestown 2-7

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Midleton stunned by Hamilton’s late show

Hamilton High School, Bandon 2-16 Midleton CBS 0-21

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Brislane goal makes it safe for Nenagh

Nenagh CBS will do battle with Midleton CBS in a straight shoot-out for the second qualification spot in Group 4 of the Dr Harty Cup.

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Kingdom boss hails his ‘great leader’

It wasn’t clear-cut. After this year’s All-Ireland, there were conversations about 2015, but the health of his knees was always going to be central to Declan O’Sullivan’s plans for next season.

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Keepers now playing key role, says Morgan

Niall Morgan has come up with his own expression to illustrate just how important goalkeepers have become in Gaelic football.

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O’Neill open to one-off test formula in future

GAA president Liam O’Neill has thrown his support behind the one-off International Rules test — but only if it is played every year.

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Plans afoot to bring All-Irelands forward by a week

Bringing both All-Ireland senior finals forward by week will help "revolutionise" the GAA calendar, claims GAA president Liam O’Neill.

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Fitzpatrick won’t be tempted into Kilkenny return

James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick says Brian Cody "can ring away" if he wants the Ballyhale man to return to the inter-county game, as hurling is now a "pastime" for the former Kilkenny midfielder.

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