Monday 26 June 2017

Brendan O'Connor: Donal's potent message to live life, now

Donal Walsh was a modern hero who knew the medium was a huge part of the message for his age group

Ronan O'Gara helps carry the body of Donal Walsh from St Johns Church in Tralee Co Kerry yesterday. Pic Steve Humphreys
Ronan O'Gara helps carry the body of Donal Walsh from St Johns Church in Tralee Co Kerry yesterday. Pic Steve Humphreys
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

EVEN fervent RTE-haters were forced to admit that the station carried two outstanding pieces of public service broadcasting last week.

On Friday, the subject of one of these programmes, Ronan O'Gara, wrote of the other programme: "If you managed to catch the documentary on the last few years of my career on RTE I hope you enjoyed it, even if it could hardly compare with the Donal Walsh programme the previous evening. That puts the worries of a rugby player into sobering perspective."

O'Gara, like many Irish rugby players, knew Donal Walsh. O'Gara was a pallbearer at Donal's funeral. Carrying the coffin with him were other Munster players like Damien Varley and Simon Zebo. O'Gara also wrote in his recent memoir about exchanging messages with young Donal on the Wednesday before he died.

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