Kevin Murray (hurler)
|Irish name||Caoimhín Ó Muirí|
|Born||Cloughduv, County Cork, Ireland|
|*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 20:04, 4 August 2014.|
Born in Cloughduv, County Cork, Murray first arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he first linked up with the Cork minor team, before later joining the under-21 and junior sides. He made his senior debut during the 1994 championship. Murray went on to play a key part for Cork for almost a decade, and won one All-Ireland medals and two Munster medals.
His sister, Aoife, is an All-Ireland medallist with Cork in camogie. HIs other sisters, Claire and Emer, have played underage Gaelic football for Cork. His brother, Paudie, has won junior and intermediate football All-Ireland medals with Cork.
Throughout his career Murray made 17 championship appearances for Cork. He retired from inter-county hurling folloiwng the conclusion of the 2002 championship.
Murray joined the Cork minor team in 1990. He won a Munster medal that year following a 1-9 to 0-9 defeat of Clare. Cork later faced Kilkenny in the All-Ireland decider, however, both sides finished level at 3-14 apiece. In the replay Kilkenny proved too strong as Cork faced a heavy 3-16 to 0-11 defeat.
The following year Murray was called up to the Cork under-21 hurling team. He won a Munster medal that year as Cork defeated Limerick by 0-17 to 1-7. Murray added a second Munster under-21 medal to his collection in 1993 following another 1-18 to 3-9 defeat of Limerick. Once again All-Ireland success eluded the team.
In 1992 Murray was a key member of the Cork junior team. He collected a Munster medal that year following a hard-fought 1-12 to 1-10 defeat of Clare. The All-Ireland final pitted Cork against Wexford, however, the sides finished level. The replay saw Cork start well, however, Wexford built up a six point lead. Even when playing with the wind in the second half Cork failed to turn the tide and were defeated by 0-13 to 1-8.
On 5 June 1994 Murray made his senior championship debut when introduced as a substitute in a 4-14 to 4-11 Munster quarter-final defeat by Limerick.
After a seven-year hiatus Cork's hurlers claimed the provincial title in 1999. A 1-15 to 0-14 defeat of three-in-a-row hopefuls Clare gave Murray his first Munster medal. Cork later faced Kilkenny in the All-Ireland decider on 12 September 1999. In a dour contest played on a wet day, Cork trailed by 0-5 to 0-4 after a low-scoring first half. Kilkenny increased the pace after the interval, pulling into a four-point lead. Cork moved up a gear and through Joe Deane, Ben O'Connor and Seánie McGrath Cork scored five unanswered points. Kilkenny could only manage one more score – a point from a Henry Shefflin free – and Cork held out to win by 0-13 to 0-12. It was Murray's sole All-Ireland medal.
Murray won a second Munster medal in 2000, as Cork retained their title following a 0-23 to 3-12 defeat of Tipperary.
Following the conclusion of the 2002 championship, Murray left the Cork panel.
- All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (1): 1999
- Munster Senior Hurling Championship (2): 1999, 2000
- Munster Under-21 Hurling Championship (2): 1991, 1993
- Munster Minor Hurling Championship (1): 1990
- Railway Cup (1): 1995
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- "Keeper of the Flame: Aoife Murray". Camogie Press. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
- "Galway and Kilkenny set for third SHC clash". Hogan Stand website. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- "All-Ireland Hurling Final: Cork 0-13 Kilkenny 0-12". Irish Examiner. 12 September 1999. Retrieved 20 June 2014.