The Passing of a Clyda Rovers Great 2013-01-29 13:05:00

Joe and JohnClyda Rovers GAA Club was saddened to learn of the passing of our Club President Joe Walsh of Ballyphillbeen last week.

Joe was amongst one of the great's in Clyda. His early involvement in the club when he moved from nearby Grenagh was clear to see.

He was one of the many who helped lay the foundation blocks for Clyda to grow as a club from Junior B contenders to achieve higher

grades and championships eventually leading to us playing senior football in the late 90's early 00's. Joe was always willing to help out

and between the years of 1987 and 1989 he was Club treasurer. He over saw the finances when the club had some great successful

days with 1989 in particular a historic year. A Double North Cork junior A football and hurling Championship and a first County Junior

A Hurling title the highlights. Joe also like many of his generation set about helping in the purchase and building of the community

centre in the 1970's. it was a true testament to the man that he also was involved in the successful fundraising draw 20 years later in the

early 2000's which was the catalyst for the state of the art complex that was developed today for the young and old of the parish.

One of Joe's proudest moment as a Clydaman was when on September the 8th 1996 Clyda won the Cork County Intermediate Football

County title in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, where both Joe and Eily's sons Robert and Willie played a pivotal role in securing the historic title.

Joe along with his recently deceased friend John Hegarty would often be seen traveling to matches together and particularly liked

nothing more than going to Cork hurling and football games. The Club has 1 photo which hangs in the Clyda Room situated in the

Dressing Rooms of Joe and John holding the McCarthy Cup in 2004 a fitting record to great friends who loved the GAA.

In 2011 the Club bestowed the well deserved honor on Joe of becoming Club President. It was indeed a fitting tribute to a

great Clyda man and one who instilled a love of the club to all around who knew him. We offer his wife Eily, sons Wille and

Robert Daughters Bernie and Mary and his many friends and relatives our deepest sympathies. The Club will be all the poorer for

the passing of our uachtarán Joe. We also would like to express our sympathy to community council Chairperson and

Clyda Rovers Club selector Liam Madden his wife Alice and Sons Seamus and David on the recent death of Liam's Brother Denis.

We also express our sympathies to Vincent o connor and family on the death of his wife Mary. All will be greatly missed.

Ar Dheis De go raibh Anam.

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