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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Kerry teams keep promise to brave Donal Walsh

Cormac Coffey & Barry John Keane two club mates of Donal visit the grave to keep their promise to Donal
Cormac Coffey & Barry John Keane two club mates of Donal visit the grave to keep their promise to Donal " A Deal is A Deal

MEMBERS of the All Ireland winning Kerry teams fulfilled a promise to inspirational teenager Donal Walsh with a touching visit to his grave with the senior and minor cups.

Cormac Coffey and Barry John Keane brought along the Sam Maguire and the Tom Markham Cup to the graveside to keep a long-standing promise to their former club mate.

"They had made a deal with Donal that they would get to the All-Ireland and he would help them. They took the cups up to the grave on Saturday to thank him," said Donal's mum Elma Walsh.

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"Cormac and Donal were very close friends and while Barry John was on the senior team, Donal and him got on great. They all played for Kerins O'Rahillys club in Tralee," she added.

The pact was one of many that Donal made with friends prior to his death on May 12, 2013.

"All Donal's close friends made pacts with him and they wear bracelets saying 'A deal is a deal'. They are working away at it. James O'Connor was accepted to the U-19 Munster squad which was another one," said his mum.

Donal was an avid sports fan and won a county medal at U12 Football. His mum revealed how the teen was not only looking down on friends but also on his family.

"We won tickets to the All-Ireland at the church bazaar last November. Donal was definitely looking after us," she added.

Elma also revealed that the trust set up in Donal's memory was going strong. It has now donated €120,000 to teenage projects around the country with more fundraising ongoing.

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