Michael “Maggie” Walsh
One of our greatest hurlers made the Irish Independent selection as one the top players never to receive an all star. His career with Ballinakill lasted four decades, in 1977 he was awarded as Laois Hurler of the year and nominated for an all star in 1976. He was also named at left half forward on the Laois Hurling Team of the Millennium. Maggie is one of Laois and Ballinakill’s most decorated players as he won several medals at club and county level, winning two Laois intermediate championships with Ballinakill – 21 years apart. The first came when Maggie was 21 years old in 1974 and the second arrived in 1995. In total Maggie made 122 appearances for Laois.Maggie is missed by all in our club and community.
Playing in 1985 against Offaly in Croke Park
Maggie in action against Galway
The picture below is Maggie in action in his 100th appearance for Laois.