25 August, 2022 | Posted by Colm McDonnell

Portobello Institute Student Shane Walsh Named PWC GAA/GPA Player of the Month for July and August

Portobello Institute Student Shane Walsh Named PWC GAA/GPA Player of the Month for July and August

After an impressive, yet ultimately, unsuccessful outing in this year’s All-Ireland Senior Football Final, Portobello Institute student and Galway talisman, Shane Walsh has been named PWC GAA/GPA Player of the Month for July and August.

Walsh (29) kicked nine of The Tribesmen’s 16 points in this year’s football showpiece in Croke Park and fell just four points short of a David Clifford-led Kerry team that managed to capture their first Sam Maguire since 2014.

Portobello Institute aims to support all students to have this work/life balance. Whether a learner is on a full-time sports programme or blended learning, all of our delivery modes are based on giving every individual the best chance at success and balance.

Shane follows his passion both on and off the field, studying sports full-time at Portobello Institute while playing inter-county football on the other side of the country. 

Our full-time programmes are scheduled in a way that concentrates the classes together generally mid-week so you are not travelling to college every day and you can structure work, weekends and other commitments around your studies.

Portobello Institute is proud to support students to fulfil their potential while choosing the course for the career they want.

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Walsh in action vs. Kerry in the All-Ireland Final. Credit: Sportsfile

The award comes after a stellar campaign from Walsh who saw his county win his first Connacht title since 2018, scoring a game-high 1-6 against Roscommon. The Kilkerrin-Clonberne man led his county in scoring this year, notching 1-36 in six games across the Connacht and All-Ireland Senior Football Championships.

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Walsh with Player of the Month award. Credit: Sportsfile

Walsh, who has been working and studying in the capital for the last year, has been at the forefront of sports headlines recently due to his request to move to Dublin-based club Kilmacud Crokes in an attempt to reduce the burden of travel he faces in order to fulfil training commitments with his home club, Kilkerrin-Clonberne, in Northeast Galway. Whether his request is granted by the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee or not remains to be seen.

What is certain is that Walsh and his Galway teammates will be looking to go one better in Gaelic football’s premier competition. Speaking to John Harrington after receiving his player of the month award, Walsh said;

“It has definitely whet the appetite for the group to get there again and finish the job. But there is work to be done. At the end of it all, we fell short in the All-Ireland final.

“We realise that, and we have to go back down, take the break we need and get back at it again then. Lads are eager to get going again whenever we do get going.”

With Walsh very much still in his prime and the experience of playing in an All-Ireland final now under the panel’s belts, there is every chance we will see the Tribesmen back in the decider in 2023, and possibly going one step further, winning Sam Maguire for the first time since 2001.

Shane Walsh is following his passion on and off the field by studying at Portobello Institute. If you want to learn more about any of our sports degrees and qualifications, you can visit our department page here.

If you are interested in any of our sports courses or have any questions you can book a consultation call with our expert sports advisor Jo Shaw here, email jo.shaw@portobelloinstitute.com or call 01 892 0024. 

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