Every squad needs a hero, not a super hero, just a regular hero. And every hero needs a side kick. Beauty had the beast, Laurel had Hardie and Batman had Robin, John Maher has Paddy Walsh. Together, they have had a wonderful adventure, travelling the fields of leinster like a inseparable boyband on a mission to bring beautiful rugby to the masses. They call him the JukeBox because he’s big, can take lots of hits and is generally the loudest thing in the pub. Paddy is a player of prestigious talent and can wear any number on his back. Those fortunate to have witnessed him play rugby are blessed to have experienced a vision of auspicious talent as he scythes through defences with dazzling pace like a gazelle on fire, long flowing locks blowing elegantly in the breeze, arms and legs like finely chiseled tree trunks moving in mesmerising symmetry like a lightning strike moving through the sky.
Great teams need players like Paddy, to inspire them, to motivate them, but most of all to show them by the strength of his actions, the meaning of unwavering Commitment. He is the maroon warrior!
John Maher on Paddy Walsh, winner of the Roscrea RFC senior player’s most committed award.
“Paddy is a brilliant man to have in the squad, a real no nonsense, no complaining, get the job done sort of player. He has played in almost every position in the forwards and even played on the wing a few times. He always turns up for training, unless hes on his annual trip to lisdoonvarna looking for a wife! He does everything with a smile and is great when it comes to welcoming new players to the squad and is first to explain how we stick together as a team. He is always there through good times and bad, never taking the limelight and always helping his team mates through his actions and his positive attitude. He is a deserved winner of the most committed award.”