Tuesday 22 August 2017

Walsh a major worry for Kilkenny ahead of Championship opener

 

Pádraig Walsh of Kilkenny has emerged as a major injury concern ahead of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Pádraig Walsh of Kilkenny has emerged as a major injury concern ahead of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill and Martin Breheny

Padraig Walsh has emerged a major injury concern ahead of Kilkenny's Leinster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final on June 10.

The Cats will meet a provincial round-robin winner or Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford in their Championship opener but All-Star Walsh faces a race against time to be fit.

The Tullaroan clubman was injured in training recently and the problem has been reported as a fractured heel.

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody remains confident that Walsh will be ready for a potential visit to Innovate Wexford Park but the 25-year-old could be looking at a six-week lay-off, which would take him close to the June 10 date.

An All-Star wing-back, Walsh was tried at full-back during the National League campaign.

His potential absence would be a major blow to Kilkenny's hopes of avenging their League semi-final loss to Wexford, presuming the Slaneysiders emerge from their Leinster quarter-final.

In the meantime, Walsh will be a loss to Tullaroan in the coming weeks.

Richie Leahy was injured recently on club duty with Rower-Inistioge, damaging a hamstring, but he is not expected to be absent for a lengthy period of time.

Meanwhile, Roscommon football is in mourning following the death of Donie Shine Senior, who made a lifelong contribution to the county as a player, manager and administrator.

After enjoying a fine playing career, he went into management, first with his beloved Clann na nGael, which he led to several county and Connacht titles in the 1980s and 1990s.

He had two spells as Roscommon senior manager and also held a number of positions on the county board. He also worked as co-commentator on Shannonside FM.

Father of Donie Shine, who won an All-Ireland minor medal in 2006 and a Connacht senior medal in 2010, his devotion to Roscommon and football was unending.

Roscommon county chairman Seamus Sweeney said that Donie Snr was the ultimate GAA stalwart and "a person one was always better off for having met".

He is survived by his wife Lil, daughters Karen, Clodagh and Susie, sons Mark and Donie and extended family.

Irish Independent

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