Mick Murphy (Tipperary hurler)

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Mick Murphy
Personal information
Irish name Mícheál Ó Murchú
Sport Hurling
Position Half-forward
Born 1940
Thurles, County Tipperary
Club(s)
Years Club
Thurles Sarsfields
Inter-county(ies)
Years County
1960-1964 Tipperary
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 1
All Irelands 1

Michael 'Mick' Murphy (born 1940) is a former Irish sportsperson. He played senior hurling with Tipperary from 1960 until 1964.

Early life[edit]

Mick Murphy was born in Thurles, County Tipperary in 1940. He grew up on the same street as the legendary Jimmy Doyle and they quickly became best friends. They both played hurling together and later they sat beside each other at school when they attended Thurles CBS. It was here that Murphy's hurling skills were nurtured and he won Dean Ryan Cup and Croke Cup medals. He missed out on the chance of winning a Harty Cup medal because he had left the school to work.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Murphy played his club hurling with the famous Thurles Sarsfields club. The club had much success in the 1960s and Murphy won several Tipperary SHC titles on that great team.

Iner-county[edit]

Murphy quickly came to the attention of the inter-county selectors and he joined the Tipperary minor team in the mid-1950s. He won an All-Ireland medal with the minors in 1957, however, he had to wait another few years to be considered for the senior team. Murphy played junior hurling with Tipp in 1959. He joined the Tipp senior team in 1960, however, he couldn't command a regular place on the team. When he did play Murphy played in the half-forward line.

He was a substitute when Tipp won Munster and All-Ireland titles in 1961 and 1962. He was appointed captain of the team in 1964 and guided the side to National Hurling League and Munster Championship victories. In the All-Ireland final Murphy's side easily defeated Kilkenny and he won his first, and only, All-Ireland medal.

Later that same year Murphy sustained a serious injury in a club game against Roscrea when he fell awkwardly and damaged his knee cartilage, thus bringing down the curtain on a short but glittering hurling career at the young age of 24.

Preceded by
Séamus Cleere
(Kilkenny)
All-Ireland Senior Hurling
winning captain

1964
Succeeded by
Jimmy Doyle
(Tipperary)

References[edit]

  • Brendan Fullum, Captains of the Ash, (Wolfhound Press, 2002)