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30th Aug 2022

Shane Walsh set to make Kilmacud Crokes debut this weekend live on TG4

Lee Costello

Shane Walsh, Paul Mannion, Con O’Callaghan, James McCarthy, Dean Rock… not a bad bunch to view on a lazy Sunday.

Last week the GAA gave Shane Walsh the green light in allowing his transfer to Kilmacud Crokes to go through.

Originally there was talk that the Galway star’s home club Kilkerrin-Clonberne would try and block the move, but this never materialised.

The Dublin club made last season’s All-Ireland final, just losing out to Kilcoo in a thrilling finish to the game, however, with star player Paul Mannion ruled out with injury at the time, many are piping the Leinster champions to go one further this year.

Now with arguably one of the greatest forwards in the game on their roster, it’s hard to see anything other than success on the horizon for Crokes this season.

The Tribesman put in a blinding performance against Kerry in the All-Ireland final, kicking some outrageous scores, racking up 0-09 in total.

This weekend, his new club play Templeogue Synge Street in the Dublin championship, a side who boast the quality of Niall Scully and Lorcan O’Dell.

With Paul Mannion returning from America, this could be the first glimpse we see of Walsh and the former All-Star in action together.

The game throws in at 2.30pm on TG4 and is quickly followed by Cuala versus Ballymun Kickhams, another tie brimming with All-Star quality.

Kickhams last won the championship in 2020, and have James McCarthy, Evan Comerford, Dean Rock, John, Philly McMahon and Paddy Small all at their disposal.

However, Cuala possess possibly the most dangerous forward in the game with Con O’Callaghan leading the line for them, and Mick Fitzsimons minding the back.

So a Sunday double header, top class footballers on display, and championship action free to view – it’s only been a few weeks, but thank God Gaelic football is back!

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