My Kilkenny Life: Jackie Walsh

Mary Cody


Mary Cody


My Kilkenny Life: Jackie Walsh

What’s your idea of a perfect day or weekend out in Kilkenny?
I love to go for a walk with my dogs to Jenkinstown woods and then come home, have a Chinese with my friends and family. We sit around the kitchen table playing music, singing, telling stories and having the ‘craic’ !

Who has made the greatest contribution to Kilkenny in your lifetime- and why?
I think John McGuinness stands out for me. I think he comes across as a very honest and trustworthy politician. He seems to have a lot of integrity. And in light of recent events as regards Maurice McCabe he stands up for the underdog. Angela Hayes from Teac Tom comes to my mind also. She has done wonders for suicide awareness and she is a wonderful person.

What’s your first Kilkenny memory?
I was born in London so I used to come home to my grandparents’ house in Francis Terrace for my summer holidays and I have great memories of playing on go carts all summer with all the Francis Terrace gang and collecting tyres to burn for the All Ireland in September.

What’s your favourite part of the county?
Inistioge-it’s just such a beautiful place and the village is so picturesque.

What do you think gives Kilkenny its unique identity?
The Castle, St Canice’s Cathedral and all the beautiful medieval buildings make Kilkenny stand out. When I walk to work every day I think how lucky I am to have such a picturesque walk.

Do you have a favourite local writer or author?
I like Gerry Moran’s articles in the Kilkenny People and I find Sean Keane’s articles very entertaining.

What’s the biggest challenge facing the county today?
I think we need to do something about the cost of parking in Kilkenny for workers and shoppers. I also think we must protect our High Street businesses. So many towns have lost high streets to shopping centres. High Street is the heart of the town. We also need to be very careful about how the brewery site is developed.

If you had the power to change one thing in, or about, Kilkenny what would it be?
I would bring Zara to Kilkenny!