Sunday 19 November 2017

Wicklow left red-faced over Walsh picture

WICKLOW GAA chiefs were left red-faced when a picture of Carlow's Thomas Walsh wearing a Wicklow jersey appeared on the front page of their programme for last weekend's NFL clash with Kilkenny.

The Fenagh club man rejoined his native county last week, after a spell with the Garden County, but his return caught Wicklow chiefs by surprise.

"Everyone was shocked to see it," said Wicklow PRO Pat Mitchell. "It was in the paper on Wednesday and the programme was printed on Monday. It was too late to change it."

Wicklow manager Mick O'Dwyer has wished Walsh well following his decision to return to Carlow. "Thomas has gone back to his club, Fenagh, and it is a great sign of any player when he goes back to his own club and his own people," said O'Dwyer.

"Thomas gave wonderful commitment to Wicklow for three years and did a lot for us. He was a big man in the middle for us.

"We are sorry to lose him; we wish him the best of luck now that he has gone back to Carlow, but not too much luck on May 16 when the counties meet in the Leinster championship!"

Meanwhile, Carlow manager Luke Dempsey has closed the door on his players' activities in London last week when Willie Minchin's arm was broken by a security man. "As far as I'm concerned that issue is behind us," said Dempsey. "Everything is positive in the camp."

Irish Independent

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