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Death of Michael Murphy

posted Jan 6, 2018, 10:42 AM by John Smith

It was with great sadness that we learned on Friday of the death of our Vice President Michael Murphy. 

The statistics will show that Michael Murphy captained Tipperary to All-Ireland victory over Kilkenny in 1964, but one can only speculate as to what he might have achieved, had not a knee injury brought his career to a premature end in 1965 when he was only twenty four years of age.

A brilliant minor, Michael won All-Ireland medals at this level in 1956 and ’57 and he captained the team beaten by Limerick in 1958 Munster Championship. He made his senior inter-county debut against Wexford in winning the Oireachtas final in 1960. His championship debut came in 1963 after being on the extended panel in previous years.  Michael captained Tipperary to National League and All Ireland victories in the 1964. The league final was played in New York and this was one of the highlights of his career.

However tragedy was just around the corner and in the county semi-final against Roscrea that year he damaged his knee in a fall. He tried to recover but despite two operations and a variety of treatments, his career was at an end.   Michael won a total of 15 county championship medals (8 senior, 3 junior and 4 minor) with Thurles Sarsfields and Croke Cup and Dean Ryan medals with Thurles C.B.S.

The late Michael played a major role in the formation of Durlas Og in 1979 and he was one of the prime movers in the behind the scenes negotiations with the other clubs in the parish at that time.  He was a committee member and team mentor in the early years of the club.  Michael was deeply honoured to be Durlas Og Vice President, a position he held for many years, and he always took a keen interest in the affairs of the club and enjoyed their successes over the years.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Bridget, sons Paul, Aidan and Michael, daughters Fiona and Ciara and the extended family.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at Egan's Funeral Home on Sunday, 7th January from 4pm to 7pm. Arriving at Bohernanave Church on Monday morning, 8th January at 9.15am for Funeral Mass at 10am. Burial after Mass in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Milford Care Centre.

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