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. 

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.

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<

Cratloe (Clare) v Kilmallock (Limerick
In his autobiography Anthony Daly pays tribute to formative influences.

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.

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

Ballintubber (Mayo) v Corofin (Galway)
Michael Farragher has packed a huge amount into his 24 years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cratloe manager Joe McGrath. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Cratloe boss McGrath relishing Kilmallock clash

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.

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.


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.


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.


Flannan’s edge Roco in thriller

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


Midleton stunned by Hamilton’s late show

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Mark Landers (right) with Willie O'Connor

Cork confirm ’99 skipper Landers as Kingston’s replacement

Mark Landers was last night confirmed as the new coach of the Cork senior hurling team.

Aidan O'Shea

O’Shea: This is the best Aussies side yet

A victory over a star-studded Australia team will go down as the best International Rules victory yet, according to Aidan O’Shea.

Cratloe's Conor Ryan, left, and Kilmallock captain Graeme Mulcahy  are expecting a classic AIB Munster SHC final this weekend. Picture: Stephen McCarthy.

Cratloe’s jewels keeping final focus

Conor Ryan has revealed how Cratloe’s dual players made a private pact vowing not to allow their football heartache affect their AIB Munster club hurling bid.

Colm O'Neill

O’Neill not fearing rough stuff from Australia

At one stage during the third quarter of Sunday’s warm-up game, Colm O’Neill fell in agony. It was natural to fear the worst. Again.

Neil McGee

McGee uses Irish experience to ease pain of Donegal defeat

Neil McGee has extolled the tonic-like virtues of the International Rules after September’s crushing All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry.


Australia star Fyfe misses out

Australia were dealt a major blow yesterday when their leading player Nathan Fyfe was ruled out of Saturday’s test.