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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Card lover plays at 250 venues

Tom Ryan

Retired farmer, Sean 'The Glamour' Walsh, 79, from Fethard, Co Tipperary, has travelled almost a million miles around Ireland in his red Mercedes to become the first person to play the game of "twenty-five" at 250 different venues.

Encouraged by John J Hassett of Thurles, national president of the Irish Bardic Federation, the elegantly dressed 'Glamour', who has 40 different suits of clothes, has spent the last five years playing cards in parish halls, pubs, golf clubs, hotels and other far-flung venues.

He got the nickname when he wore white boots playing for Tipperary in the All-Ireland Minor Football Final in 1949 and in the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final of 1950.

"I think I have travelled over a million miles around Ireland to play twenty-five. I don't drink or smoke -- I have to do something," he said this week.

Jim Keating of Clonmel, brother of the famous Michael 'Babs' Keating, accompanied Sean to many of his excursions and his claim can be independently verified by others.

"I don't win a lot, I just about break even," says Sean, "then with the cost of petrol and all other expenses, I might not even do that. I really get a kick out of cards. I play every night bar Saturday."

He has recently taken a break but hopes to be on the road again during the winter.

"Up to now it was all business. When I set out to do something I like to do it. But from now on it will be purely for pleasure," he said.

Now his friends are completing the task of documenting his card-playing exploits and intend to submit him for an entry in the next Guinness Book of World Records.

Sunday Independent

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