Mick Murphy (Tipperary hurler)
|Irish name||Mícheál Ó Murchú|
Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland
|*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 13:43, 6 September 2014.|
Born in Thurles, County Tipperary, Murphy first played competitive hurling whilst at school in Thurles CBS. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of fifteen when he first linked up with the Tipperary minor team before later joining the junior side. He made his senior debut in the 1960 Oireachtas Tournament. Murphy went on to enjoy a brief inter-county career with Tipperary, and won one All-Ireland medal, one Munster medal and one National Hurling League medal. He captained the team to the All-Ireland title in 1964.
Throughout his career Murphy made 5 championship appearances for Tipperary. His retirement came following the conclusion of the 1964 championship.
Murphy first excelled on the hurling field during his schooldays at Thurles CBS. As a contemporary of Jimmy Doyle, Murphy won Dean Ryan Cup and Croke Cup medals. He missed out on the chance of winning a Dr. Harty Cup medal because the harsh economic realities of the time resulted in him leaving school to find work.
In 1957 Murphy claimed a place on the starting fifteen. He won his first Munster medal on the field if play that year as Tipperary claimed a remarkable sixth successive provincial championship following a 3-8 to 1-4 defeat of Limerick. The subsequent All-Ireland decider saw Kilkenny provide the opposition. A narrow 4-7 to 3-7 victory gave Murphy his first All-Ireland medal on the field of play.
Murphy was eligible for the minor grade for a third successive year in 1958 and was appointed captain of the year. Tipperary's campaign ended prematurely with a defeat by Limerick.
After missing out on a place on Tipperary's championship team in 1961, Murphy joined the extended panel the following year. He made his senior championship debut on 30 June 1963 in a 4-7 to 1-11 Munster semi-final defeat of Cork. Tipperary were later shocked by Waterford in the provincial decider.
Tipperary bounced back in 1964 with Murphy collecting a National Hurling League medal following a 4-16 to 6-6 defeat of New York. Tipperary later cantered casually past Cork by fourteen points in the provincial decider, giving Murphy, who was captain of the team, a coveted Munster medal. The All-Ireland final on 6 September 1964 saw Kilkenny enter the game as firm favourites against Murphy's side. John "Mackey" McKenna scored Tipp's first goal after ten minutes as the Munster champions took a 1-8 to 0-6 interval lead. The second half saw Tipperary score goals for fun, with Donie Nealon getting a hat-trick and Seán McLoughlin another. Kilkenny were humiliated at the full-time whistle as Tipperary triumphed by 5-13 to 2-8. It was Murphy’s sole All-Ireland medal while he also had the honour of collecting the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Later that same year Murphy sustained a serious injury in a club game against Roscrea when he fell awkwardly and damaged his knee cartilage. The injury brought the curtain down on a short but glittering hurling career at the young age of twenty-four.
- Thurles Sarsfields
- Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship (8): 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
- All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (1): 1964 (c)
- Munster Senior Hurling Championship (1): 1964 (c)
- National Hurling League (1): 1963–64
- Oireachtas Tournament (3): 1960, 1961, 1963
- All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship (2): 1956 (sub), 1957
- Munster Minor Hurling Championship (2): 1956 (sub), 1957