Despite spending 5 years down in Australia, All Star Kerry Footballer Tommy Walsh never lost his thick Kingdom brogue. Born and reared in a Kerry sporting dynasty, son of Sean Walsh and brother to Barry John Walsh, it’s no surprise that Tommy played quite a bit of sport.
A star player for the Kerry team that reached the finals of the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship in 2006, Tommy togged out with the Kerry Seniors for the 2007 National Football League before winning the All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship with Kerry and earning himself an All Star for Young Footballer of the Year.
The Australian Football League (AFL) soon gained word of the young Kerryman. In 2009, after some persuasion Tommy headed south to join Melbourne’s St. Kilda AFL team. In 2011, Tommy moved over to Sydney Swans, of...well, Sydney. During his time in Australia, Tommy also managed to line out for Irish side in the International Rules Series of 2010 and 2011.
In 2014, Tommy decided it was time to come home to Ireland. Though he’d forgotten just how long the winters in Ireland can be, he was happy to be back.
“It was a bit of a culture shock. More so coming from Sydney back to Kerry. It’s a big difference. But you know I’m glad to be home.”
A chance meeting with an EY employee started him on the path towards accountancy. Having studied for a postgrad in commerce whilst in Sydney, Tommy is now pursuing his AITI qualifications with EY Tax.
“The exams were tough, but I’m getting through them.”
The EY Cork office provided the perfect base for Tommy, meaning he was close enough to home to continue playing club football and go to training.
“The atmosphere is great too. The sun was out today, so all of us in the office went out and grabbed an ice-cream. Little things like that make the difference.”
In EY, we don’t like to say “work hard, play hard” because the 90’s have been over for a decade and a half now, but in Tommy’s case. He really does work and play hard.