Mick Murphy (Tipperary hurler)
|Irish name||Mícheál Ó Murchú|
Thurles, County Tipperary
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.
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.
|All-Ireland Senior Hurling
- Brendan Fullum, Captains of the Ash, (Wolfhound Press, 2002)