Six young men have donated the park bench they built to a Carrick-on-Suir GAA club in memory of one of its young star hurlers who died tragically in a car accident in March.
Trevor Murphy, Dean Waters, Thomas Roche, Cian Murphy, Josh Roche and David Houlihan handed over the teak bench they have dedicated to the late Craig Walsh to the Swan GAA Club two weeks ago.
They crafted the bench during their carpentry workshop classes at Clonmel Youth Training Enterprises’, which has an outreach centre at New Street, Carrick-on-Suir.
Shirley Fahey, the training centre’s outreach co-ordinator, said Craig Walsh died while the trainees were in the middle of making the bench and they decided together to give the completed work to the Swan Club in remembrance of the 23 year-old from 47 Mountain View, Ballylynch, Carrick-on-Suir.
Craig Walsh’s death in a single car accident at Lower Ballylynch on March 16 deeply shocked and saddened the entire community in his hometown.
The young man, who was a welder by trade, had planned to move to Australia later this year with his girlfriend, Laura.
He was a member of the Swan GAA Club since he was a child and was on the Swan teams that won the 2010 South Senior Hurling, the 2011 South U-21 Hurling titles and the County Junior Hurling League title last year..
Members of Craig’s grieving family visited the bench when they attended the Swan GAA Club’s Family Fun Camp the day after it was presented to the club. They are pictured here: back row: Craig’s partner Laura O’Brien, his parents Tina and Martin, brother Stephen and Stephen’s partner Lisa Torpey. Seated: Craig’s sister Ashlyn, nephews Charlie Walsh and Jack Walsh and sister Aoife.