Cork triplets recall mischievous childhood pranks as they celebrate their 65th birthday

Cork triplets recall mischievous childhood pranks as they celebrate their 65th birthday
From left Willy, Jimmy and Tim Walsh.

Celebrating their 65th birthday earlier this week a set of Cork triplets have shared amusing anecdotes from their youth.

Speaking to Helen Ní Shé on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta yesterday Jimmy, Willy and Tim Walsh, from Ballydesmond recalled some of their fondest memories from growing up. 

They were born on May 19, 1955, in the Erinville Hospital.

Two of them, Willy and Tim, were just two and a half pounds weight or so, but Jimmy weighed 5lb 10 oz, the biggest triplet in Europe at the time.

"We were very handsome, although we were small!” said Tim. 

"We were very alike, and we still are... and we’re very close. We've a great relationship."

Jimmy explained some of the tricks that Tim and Willy got up to.

"They had great fun in the dancehalls. 

"Tim might be dancing with a lovely girl, and he’d head off to the loo, and then Willy would step in and the girl would be none the wiser."

Triplets Jimmy, Willy and Tim Walsh, from Ballydesmond in Cork this week celebrated their 65th birthday.
Triplets Jimmy, Willy and Tim Walsh, from Ballydesmond in Cork this week celebrated their 65th birthday.

The family ran a pub, and there were four other siblings, and the children used to work serving behind the counter. 

Tim said that although they were competitive, it never came between them.

"If anything ever happened in the family, or in the parish, we always stood together. 

"Although we were competitive, we were good at talking things out and expressing ourselves," he said.

"There was always a great friendship. If you start fighting with one, you’re fighting with all three," he laughed.

The triplets were skilled on the pitch too and had a keen understanding of one another, particularly Willy and Tim, as Jimmy told Helen Ní Shé.

"Willy and Tim, when they’d be playing, they were on the same wavelength, and Willy would know without looking, where Tim was, and pass to him... they were telepathic."

All three went on to become teachers. 

Willy is based in Burren in Cork, Tim is in Drumcondra in Dublin and Jimmy is in Ashbourne in Meath. 

Jimmy has retired, but the other two remain in their roles as school principals.

They finished the interview with a note of gratitude for the good lives they have lived.

"We’ve had a great life... good health, a great relationship between us, we can rely on each other."

"We were very lucky too with (our brothers and sister) Seán, Diarmuid, Bríd and Dan.

"We were always centre stage, and we got that recognition. 

"They were very patient and always gave us help, especially the older two. 

"They knew there was something special there, and they accepted it, but I’d say it must have been difficult for them sometimes, hard on the family and whoever was with us."

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