Thurles Sarsfields Hall of Fame 2010
Over the years, Sarsfields have been well-served by non-natives, who came into Thurles and threw in their lot with the club. Paddy McCarthy, Paddy Kenny and Clare’s Michael Murphy immediately spring to mind. Right up there with the very best is Tim Walsh, who joined our club in 1960 and who through the sixties, was a key figure as ‘The Blues’ strode to their second five-in-a-row of county senior hurling titles.
A big man, fearless and skilled with the camán, Tim’s sweeping and forceful play added a vital dimension to the Sarsfields formation that swept all before it, at that time. His many sterling performances at midfield and in attack did not go unnoticed by the Lee and he wore the Rebel Red at the highest level also.
In his time with us, he played some great games, but Sarsfields followers and his team-mates will particularly remember his key role, when pitted against Mick Roche as ‘The Blues’ overcame Carrick Davins in the replay of the 1965 county final. Sarsfields were fortunate to draw with the Roche-inspired Davins in the first meeting in Clonmel. Tim was assigned the task of curbing the Carrick stylist in the replay in Cashel. His domination of the Tipp star that day was everywhere acclaimed, as the key to that memorable Sarsfields victory.
Not surprisingly for a Corkman, Tim was also an accomplished footballer and he helped Thurles Crokes, who featured many of the Sarsfields hurlers, to county senior football honours in 1960 – a prelude to his five Tipperary senior hurling medals in subsequent years.
In appreciation of the enormous contribution he has made to our club, in his years with us, we are very pleased to induct him into our Hall Of Fame, joining the elite group of Sarsfields legends, of whom we are all so proud, and who are such an integral part of our club’s great history.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please stand and put your hands together, as we salute Tim Walsh.