Con Walsh inducted into Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame

Last Saturday evening in Toronto, Canada, Olympic Bronze medalist Con Walsh from Carriganima, was inducted into the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame.

“Cornelius represented Canada at the 1908 Olympic Games in London where he won the bronze medal with a throw of 48.50m. He was a Canadian Champion in 1907 in both the 56lb weight and the hammer throw and set a Canadian record in 1910 for the hammer and weight for height events. Cornelius set a world record of 4.93m in the 56lb weight for height event in 1910.” [Athletics Ontario]

His nephew Ned (from the same farm in Carriganima) along with Ned’s daughter Anne and son Michael attended as honoured guests. Michael told the guests:

“We are extremely grateful and honoured to accept this award on behalf of Con and all of the Walshs back home in Cork. We are very proud of Con’s achievements and we look forward to sharing this experience with our family and friends and neighbours when we return to Con’s birthplace of Carriganima.”

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Con Walsh – GAA Star and Olympic Bronze Medalist

As the Olympics in London 2012 come to a close, we remember Carriganima man Con Walsh (competing for Canada) who came third in the 1908 Olympics Hammer Throw, as a number of Irish emigrants to America “ran rings around the athletes of the British Empire in London”:

Con Walsh, Carriganima was born in April 1881. He was selected to represent Canada in the hammer event at the 1908 London Olympic games where he won a bronze medal with a throw of 159ft 11 ins.

At Macroom sports on July 31st 1900 he tested his first success in the athletics arena. It was the first of more than six hundred victories in his career. In 1903 Walsh was first emerging as a formidable weight thrower. In the same year he was captain of [read more …] “Con Walsh – GAA Star and Olympic Bronze Medalist”