Tommy Walsh calls it a day

John Knox

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John Knox

Standing shoulder to shoulder........Tommy Walsh (right), who announced his retirement from the senior inter-county game. He is pictured with colleageus (from left) Michael Rice, Kilkenny captain of 2014 Lester Ryan and Jackie Tyrrell. Photo: Eoin Hennessy
Former Hurler of the Year, Tommy Walsh, has announced his retirement from senior inter-county hurling.

Former Hurler of the Year, Tommy Walsh, has announced his retirement from senior inter-county hurling.

The tear away Tullaroan star won nine All-Irelands during a glittering career with the Cats.

Walsh, who joined the Kilkenny squad in 2002, also won nine All-Star awards. He was honoured as a ’Star in defence, attack and midfield.

The 31-year-old started his career with the senior team in attack.

“He was one of the greatest hurlers of his generation,” insisted Kilkenny County Board chairman, Ned Quinn when playing tribute to Walsh.

“He had that special quality about him. Kilkenny fans loved him. He was stylish. He had flair. He had courage, all the attributes you expect in an athlete at the highest level.”

Walsh later played in midfield after bursting on to the inter-county scene before the ‘red helmeted one’, as he became known and loved by Kilkenny fans, developed into one of the finest wing-backs of his generation.

Walsh also won nine Leinster championships, seven National Leagues, six Walsh Cups and he was Hurler of the Year in 2009.

He won six Railway Cup medals with Leinster. Walsh won two All-Ireland under-21 championships, in 2003 and 2004.

In all Tommy Walsh won 57 major hurling honours, including the All-Star awards. His first big win was with St Kieran’s College in the All-Ireland championship of 2000.

Walsh made only a couple of appearances with Kilkenny this season. He played against Offaly and Galway in the championship.