Con Walsh
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1908 London Hammer throw

Cornelius Edward "Con" Walsh (24 April 1885 – 7 December 1961) was an Irish Canadian athlete who represented Canada at the 1908 Summer Olympics.[1] He was born in Carriganimma. He won a bronze medal in the hammer throw, finishing third behind fellow Irishmen John Flanagan and Matt McGrath, both of whom represented the United States.[2] Another Irishman, Robert Kerr also represented Canada at the same games. Walsh had earlier played Gaelic football and represented Cork.[3]

Walsh also competed for both the Irish American Athletic Club[4] and the New York Athletic Club.[5] He was part of a group of Irish weight throwers that were collectively known as the "Irish Whales."[citation needed]

In 1910 Walsh set the record for throwing the 56 pound weight for height, breaking Pat McDonald's record by throwing the weight 16 feet 7/8 inches high (5.07 metres) at the second annual athletic meet of the New York Press Club Athletic Association.[6]


  1. ^ "Con Walsh". Olympedia. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Irish-born Medal Winners in the early Olympic Games" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2008.
  3. ^ When Ireland had its field day Dave Hannigan The Sunday Times 15 August 2004
  4. ^ New York Times, 21 July 1907.
  5. ^ New York Times, 11 September 1910.
  6. ^ New York Times, 18 September 1910.