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Tommy Walsh | 'Ger Loughnane's way of looking at life is absolutely brilliant'

Shane Hannon
Shane Hannon

21:06 19 Mar 2020

Tommy Walsh says a lesson he learned from Ger Loughnane is helping him adopt the right attitude, as Ireland attempts to deal with the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Kilkenny star spoke with Nathan Murphy on the show tonight, and although times are very different for people in the country these days and weeks, he said it's important to stay busy with new activities.

"We actually had a good Paddy's Day in fairness. Usually you have training or you have a match or you had the Paddy's Day club finals.

"We went up to the mountains near Mahon Falls [in Waterford], it's about an hour up to this beautiful lake. Now we had the kids with us so we stopped there.

"We had hot chocolate and a few scones and we kind of pigged out there for a half an hour or that! But it was a fabulous, fabulous walk.

"You have to try and look at other ways of living and it was nice, it was a different way of spending Paddy's Day I suppose."

Walsh, who won an All-Ireland club title with Tullaroan earlier this year alongside his brothers Martin, Pádraig, and Shane, said he took solid advice from an Off the Ball interview with a certain Clare legend.

"I'd always go back to one of the great interviews with yourselves and Ger Loughnane, I've listened to it a few times. Loughnane knows most things about nearly everything really!

"He was talking about that time he had cancer, it probably changed his whole life. He said he just immersed himself in the hospital life, he didn't think about 'why did this happen to me?'

8 September 2013; Former Clare manager and two time All-Star, 1974 and 1977, Ger Loughnane, waves to the crowd during the Hurling 'Stars of the 80's' tribute. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

"He said 'whatever they ask me to do in the hospital, whatever the nurses ask me to do, I will take it', and off he went.

"I thought it was a great outlook, and I've tried to think along them lines, no matter what happens in your life. I suppose this is one of those times for most people in Ireland.

"You could probably get down on yourself and think 'what if this didn't happen, I could have a nice life, I could still have a job and be looking forward to holidays'. But look it, I thought Ger Loughnane's way of looking at life is absolutely brilliant and everyone [should] try and live along them lines - it might be positive and beneficial to people."

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