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Ted Walsh Becomes Emotional After Announcing Surprise Retirement On RTÉ

Ted Walsh Becomes Emotional After Announcing Surprise Retirement On RTÉ
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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Irish racing has experienced the true end of an era this afternoon, with the announcement that Ted Walsh is set to retire from his role as a pundit with RTÉ.

The 73-year old has been part of national broadcaster's racing coverage for four decades, first stepping into the role in the early 80s. Since then, he has provided insightful analysis and countless memorable moments down through the years.

During their coverage of the Punchestown festival this afternoon, he surprised both his colleagues and viewers by announcing that this would be final time on the air.

Ted Walsh announces retirement from punditry

After springing the surprise on his fellow pundits, Walsh would become emotional after thanking RTÉ and his family for helping him in his career down.


I got a great chance from RTÉ, I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to comment on a sport that I love that is filled with people I admire, a lot of them are my friends.

I've got to thank the late Tim O'Connor, he got me into it. 40 years is a long time to be doing anything, but I've enjoyed every day of it...

I hope all of you working for RTÉ get as much kick out of it and get 40 years out of it, ye will all look a bit shooker in 40 years time! I loved it, had a great response. I got myself into a bit of hot water here and there, but that happens on live television...

Before I go off the air completely, I want to thank my family. They've been great supporters of mine right the way through. I've enjoyed the success that Rugby and Katie have had, and Jennifer and Ted and their involvement in it too.

One particular person is my partner for life, Helen. Without her, I don't know what I've had done. Thanks Helen.

I'll say no more.


Emotional stuff.

His son Ruby was appearing on Racing TV, and while after admitting there had been some hints from father that retirement was on the horizon, he wished him all the best.

Dad is hanging up the mic today, he has been with RTÉ since 1983 or 1984. I think he has enjoyed his time, but he is moving on and fair play to him.

I wouldn't say he bucked the trend, but it was definitely all off the top of his head. He wasn't into the whole homework that that the rest of us do. To Dad it just seemed to be whatever he thought he reacted to, and said what he thought, meant what he said.

I'm very proud of him and wish him all the best...

Dad always advised 'be gone before you're pushed'.

A proud day for the Walsh family.

We wish him all the best in his retirement.

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