Richard ( Dick) Walsh was born in 1939 at the old cottages Spa Road and the Strand Road club has been a huge part of his existence since childhood. Apart from family it has been the love of his life.
He has wonderful memories of training in O'Connors field (now Ballyrickard Estate), of games at O'Donnells field (now Cahills Park) and of all the characters he met along the way. He made his championship debut in 1958 and played in the infamous semi final win v South Kerry that was overturned on objection. He played in two further County Finals in '61 and '63 and was still playing junior up to the mid '70s.
He was a committee member at the tender age of 16 and was ever present to 2008, working tirelessly to transform the club and it's facilities.
He also served as a senior selector throughout the '70s and '80s and was part of the management when Kerins O Rahillys won their maiden Co League title in 1985.
Richard or "Captain" as he is better known, was always there to supervise operations during the days of the Festival campsite. He drove the club bus for years collecting future stars for training and games throughout the county and beyond.
He fondly recalls attending the 2002 Senior County Championship, the 2006 Minor County Championship wins and more recently the Munster title win and All Ireland semi final appearance at Croke Park as highlights in a memorable journey with the club.
A "true blue" Richard is deeply honoured at becoming President of his beloved Kerins O'Rahillys, an honour that is richly deserved.
He will be formally presented with his chain of office in the club tomorrow, New Years Day @ 3 pm - all are welcome to attend.