Donal Walsh on RTÉ’s The Saturday Night Show in April. Picture: RTÉ
We knew him only for a very short time. And even at that, few of us really got to know Donal Walsh. His life was short, yet he managed to touch the lives of so many through his words, through his actions and ultimately, through his suffering. His funeral on Wednesday morning drew friends and admirers from all walks of life. Rugby players, GAA stars, politicians and those compelled to celebrate him turned out to support his family on what must have been the most difficult of days.
The first time I heard him speak, I struggled to take him in. A 16 year-old child, conveying the wisdom and grace of a man fifty years his senior. He had a maturity that was beyond his short time here, yet somehow, none of what he said seemed out of place.