Thursday 27 July 2017

Legends tee off in Donal's memory

Former rugby International Paul O’Connell with former Kerry footballers Eoin Bomber Liston and Ogie Moran at the Donal Walsh Memorial Golf Tournament. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Former rugby International Paul O’Connell with former Kerry footballers Eoin Bomber Liston and Ogie Moran at the Donal Walsh Memorial Golf Tournament. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

Ireland and Munster rugby legend Paul O'Connell has paid tribute to the family of Donal Walsh and the charity bearing his name.

O'Connell was leading one of the 51 four-ball teams competing in the Donal Walsh Memorial Kerry Corporate Golf Tournament in aid of Crumlin Children's Hospital yesterday.

Also participating were current Kerry footballer David Moran, his father -Kerry legend Ogie Moran, and fellow Kingdom great Eoin 'Bomber' Liston.

O'Connell became close friends with the teenager before his death from cancer four years ago.

"I love catching up with Elma and Jema [Donal's mother and sister], who I got to know through Donal. You get a chance to meet up with people and rekindle memories and have a chat and keep his memory alive.

"It seems to me that Fionnbar, Elma and Jema have more work done now than ever and it's great work that's making a big difference to people's lives," he added.

The charity the family founded in Donal's name has raised over €400,000, which has gone towards facilities for young people at Crumlin Children's Hospital and positive mental health.

The Walsh family are also working on a mental health project in Tralee which is at the early stages - but could form a template for similar projects around the country.

Irish Independent

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