November 25, 2020
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Triple All-Ireland winning captain to be immortalised in bronze by Kilkenny GAA club

A bronze statue commemorating one of Kilkenny’s greatest hurlers who captained the Cats to three All-Ireland wins could be erected in the his former clubs grounds as part of a planned redevelopment.

Mooncoin GAA club are looking for permission to place a statue of Richard (Dick) ‘Drug’ Walsh at the entrance of the club grounds in the village, as part of a new development to extend the club’s carpark and create a new entrance.

Dick Walsh was born on New Year’s Eve 1877 and made his Kilkenny senior debut in the 1904 championship.

Walsh won seven All-Irelands for the Cats and captained the team when they won the 1907, 1909 and 1913 chmapionships. He remains the only man to captain a hurling county to three All-Ireland Championships.

He passed away aged 80 while living in Kilkenny city in 1958.

Mooncoin GAA are seeking planning for the new entrance, as they feel it is required for safety reasons following the recent realignment of the main road outside the grounds.

A decision is expected from Kilkenny County Council in early December.

PICTURE COURTESY OF NATIONAL ARCHIVE

Dick Walsh – Back Row – Third from right

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