Meet the new secretary

Name: Jimmy Gerard Walsh

Name: Jimmy Gerard Walsh

Club: Windgap

Age: 55

Occupation: Manager with Eircom.

Married to: Therese (nee Duane from Kilrickle, County Galway).

Children: Julie (22), Shane (20).

Former position on GAA Boards: Central Council rep. Elected in 2009; Leinster Council rep 2005 to 2009; South Board secretary/treasurer 1995 to 2004; first County Board IT Officer elected in 2009.

Former positions with club: PRO, secretary and chairman.

Playing career: He played all his life with Windgap and won South and county junior hurling honours in 1986; won South JHC in 2001 but Windgap were beaten in the county final by Emeralds (Urlingford).

He won an All-Ireland senior hurling championship with the Kilkenny Vocational Schools team in 1973 and several Dublin Business Houses championship while working in the capital for eight years. He continued playing until he was 45.

He could be classed as a community activist. He has been involved in the GAA and a host of community committees and projects all his life. Even during his time in Dublin he served two years as chairman of the Kilkenny Association there.

After he returned from living in Dublin in 1984 he immediately threw himself into the club, although he had continued to play with Windgap while working away.

“The GAA and the club are part of what I am, and what my family is,” he said.

One of his brothers, Pat Walsh, won under-21 and junior honours with Kilkenny, and also a National League (1987). Pat also featured on a losing senior All-Ireland final team (1987).

Mr Walsh has another brother, Richard and a sister, Joan O’Gorman who lives in Owning.

He is son of Tommy and the late Mary ‘Molly’ Walsh from Poulrone, Windgap.