Hurling trophies on show at St. Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny

Patients, staff and visitors at St. Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny received a pleasant surprise on Friday October 3rd last when the Liam McCarthy Cup and three other All Ireland hurling championship trophies were on show.

Kilkenny senior hurler Jackie Tyrell (one of the stars of Kilkenny’s three in a row success last month) and Michael Walsh (the HSE’s Household Services Supervisor at St. Luke’s and also Manager of the victorious Kilkenny Under 21 hurlers) were on hand to meet everyone during the tour of the hospital.

Reflecting the dominance of the “Cats” on the hurling pitch, Jackie (winning captain in 2006) and Michael were able to show off the Liam McCarthy Cup, the Cashel Cross trophy (awarded to Kilkenny’s All Ireland Under 21 hurling champions), the Irish Press Cup (awarded to Kilkenny’s All Ireland minor hurling champions) and the Cup awarded to Kilkenny’s All Ireland intermediate hurling champions. The hurling personalities and the four trophies tour included well received visits to medical wards, the coronary care, paediatric and medical assessment units in St. Luke’s and the Dept. of Psychiatry also located on the campus.

The HSE staff Social Club in St. Luke’s also took the opportunity to make a presentation to one of their own members, Michael Walsh, marking their appreciation of his central role in the recent All Ireland Under 21 success. Michael is a former All Star goalkeeper for Kilkenny, holder of two All Ireland hurling medals (1992/93) and son of legendary goalkeeper Ollie Walsh (who also led Kilkenny to success as a Manager).

Pat Shortall(Deputy Manager of St. Luke’s General Hospital), who officially welcomed the stars and their trophies and supervised the visit on the day, said:

“We’re very proud of all of our hurlers in the Kilkenny area and we support them throughout the year. It gives everyone a wonderful lift to see them come in to see us, not just with the McCarthy Cup but with such the minor, Under 21 and Intermediate titles as well. The hospital, the services we provide and the people we serve are all part of the community that is so bound up in the sustained achievements of the GAA in Kilkenny. It’s particularly heartening to see our own Michael Walsh to the fore and we extend our congratulations to him and all those associated successful Kilkenny teams.”

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Last updated on: 10 / 10 / 2008