It’s with real sadness we must report the passing of a true doggy man, Nicky Walsh.

Known to so many as the ‘Swithins’ man, Nicky was involved in greyhounds all his life and leaves behind a great legacy. Originally from Clogga, Co Kilkenny, he bred and owned some real canine stars through the years including a number of classic finalists. Amongst his very best were National Sprint finalist and top sprinter Paulo Coehlo, Derby finalists Machu Picchu and Borneo, Derby consolation winners Hey Gringo and Swithins Brae and English Derby consolation winner Angry Dad to name just a few.

He had his final winner on Saturday night when Swithins Teejay came home in front. It was fitting that his final winner came at Waterford, a track where so many of his stars began their career and a place that had a special place in his heart.

To those that knew him, Nicky was a real gent. He was a shrewd operator but also the very best company. His son Liam remains hugely involved in the sport and continues to have greyhounds with Peter Cronin, who trained the vast majority of Nicky’s dogs.

We would like to send on our sincerest condolences to Nicky’s son Liam, his daughters Nicola and Tara, his sons-in-law Nicholas and Peter, his daughter in law Anne, his beloved grandchildren Lauren, Grace, Anna, Mary, Oscar, Reuben and Tesse, his brothers Tom and Paul, sisters Nora and Teresa, his in-laws, extended family and many friends.

May He Rest In Peace.

Funeral Notice

Nicholas Walsh - Clogga, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny, late of Bellevue, Ferrybank, Waterford, and Ballinure, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Who died Monday 28th November 2022, Aged 81 years

Predeceased by his wife Mary (née Beirne), sisters Peggy (Kearns) and Josephine (Walsh), brothers Richard and Michael and his granddaughter Emma (Walsh), peacefully at St. Patricks Hospital, surrounded by his loving family,

Nicholas will be sadly missed by his son Liam, daughters Nicola (Duggan) and Tara (McMorris), sons-in-law Nicholas and Peter, daughter-in-law Anne, grandchildren Lauren, Grace, Anna, Mary, Oscar, Reuben and Tessa, brothers Tom and Paul, sisters Nora (Walsh) and Teresa (Conlon), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.


Nicholas will be reposing in Power's Funeral Home, Ferrybank, on Wednesday, 30th November, from 4.30pm followed by removal at 6.30pm to The Church of the Assumption, Mooncoin. Requiem Mass on Thursday 1st December, at 1pm, followed by burial immediately afterwards in St. Killian's Cemetery, Ferrybank.

To view Nicholas's Requiem Mass please clink on the link below at 12.55pm

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No flowers please donations to the Jack and Jill Foundation, c/o Powers Funeral Directors, Ferrybank.