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Donnchadh brings Sam to his graduation ceremony

HE'S proven he has brawn on the field, but Kerry GAA football star Donnchadh Walsh showed he has brains too as he graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

While you can take the Kerry man out of the Kingdom, he couldn't leave the Sam Maguire Cup behind as he posed with classmates in St Stephen's Green yesterday.

The 30-year-old is among 750 healthcare professionals graduating with undergraduate degrees and postgraduate awards at RCSI's November conferring ceremonies.

Speaking to the Herald yesterday, Walsh revealed that in order to keep both of his passions afloat he had to keep up with training via email.

"I started a week or two after we lost to Dublin in 2011," he said. "It was kind of a funny time to be starting college in Dublin. But it is the complete opposite now - I'm after winning an All-Ireland and finishing college as well.


"I was missing a lot of training down in Kerry. All I was relying on was receiving emails of training plans and trying to replicate what they were doing myself.

"There was a lot of trust in that they had faith that I was doing exactly what they were doing. If there was an hour-long session, I replicated it as best I could by myself."