Tullaroan Teammates Ecstatic After Making Club History

Tullaroan Teammates Ecstatic After Making Club History

Five weeks after winning the Kilkenny IHC, claiming their first county title in 25 years, Tullaroan won their first ever Leinster championship on Saturday by beating Seir Kieran.

Tullaroan beat the Offaly side by 12 points, progressing to the All-Ireland semi-final stage.

Post-match, an ecstatic Shane Walsh and Mark Walsh were interviewed by TG4. Shane - who scored a remarkable 2-13 in the game - is the brother of Kilkenny legend Tommy.

"We were talking about it during the week, it was a bit of history for the club," said Mark Walsh.

"Over the last 25 years, we've been hearing about the '94 senior winning team. This year we made our own history, won the county final and got one step further than them: we got to a Leinster final.

"It's great to bring that cup back to Tullaroan. The Tullaroan people, we're only a small community but a close community. It'll make the old winter shorter.

"We've been very much about next game, next game. Over the last couple of years, we've been getting ahead of ourselves, thinking about league finals, county finals.


"We went back this year and Shane - the new leader of the team - said, 'Let's forget about what's coming down the line. Let's take each game as it comes'.

"We haven't been talking about All-Ireland finals or anything like that. Each time we went out, it was can we get to the semi-final, can we get to the final.

"The prize the next day is a day out in Croke Park and that's what the guys dream of. The boys have been very lucky to get their chance in Croke Park over the year. There are plenty of lads on that team who are good enough to play in Croke Park. "

Asked what the night would be like back home in Tullaroan, Shane Walsh was in no doubt.

"It'll be wild!" said Walsh.

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