Carrick hurling club are hosting a hurling tournament next Saturday, October 22, to honour one of it’s former players, Seanie Walsh
Seanie is a native of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. He lived in Carrick-on-Shannon in 2006 and 2007 and worked as a biomedical engineer with VistaMed Ltd..
During his time in Leitrim Seanie played hurling and football with the St. Mary’s club and won a county senior hurling championship medal in 2006 lining out at left corner back against Glencar Manor.
Seanie also played senior inter county hurling with Leitrim and played in both national league and Nicky Rackard competitions. He was a very dedicated player during his time in Leitrim and his versatility meant he played in most defensive positions as well as centre field.
He was always committed to playing with St Mary’s and Leitrim and he gave total effort in every game he played. He also helped out in the coaching of the club’s juveniles, and was very popular and respected by all who knew him.
Seanie left Ireland in 2007 and spent time in Japan and New Zealand before moving to Sydney, Australia in November 2008. He continued to remain active in GAA affairs and played football and hurling with the Michael Cusack’s club in Sydney.
In 2009, the news emerged that Seanie has gone missing from his Randwick home in Sydney and he has not been seen since May 10, 2009. He was due to fly home to his family in Dungarvan on May 12, but, unfortunately, that trip never materialised.
He is missing since that time and despite the efforts of his heartbroken family there is still no trace of his whereabouts.
Carrick Hurling Club feel that a hurling tournament in Seanie’s honour is very fitting and are organising a senior 9-a-side tournament on Saturday October 22.
This is the second staging of the competition and it will be an annual fixture into the future. The competition will start at 11am with the final scheduled for 3.30pm.
The competition will comprise of eight teams. Carrick, Ballinamore, Woodford Gaels, Longford Slashers, St. Vincent’s, Whitehall Colmcille, Erin Go Brath and Dungarvan.
The scheduling of the County Hurling Final replay on the same date means that Gortlettragh or Cluainin are unable to take part. The competition will be staged in Carrick on Shannon in Pairc Naoimh Muire and Pairc Sean MacDiarmada pitches.
There will be a social function on Saturday night in Murtagh’s Bar and everyone is most welcome to attend.
There will be an auction on the night with pride of place going the jersey worn by Tipperary’s Benny Dunne in the 2010 All Ireland hurling final signed by the entire Tipp panel, and a hurley donated by Kilkenny’s All Ireland winner Richie Power.
The competition is sanctioned by Croke Park and should provide a fitting tribute to Seanie’s zest for sport in general and hurling in particular.
All of Seanie’s many friends in Leitrim miss Seanie very much and hope that this competition will go some way in honouring our dear friend and colleague.