Ireland International Rules manager Paul Earley has today confirmed that Donegal's powerhouse full-forward Michael Murphy will captain Ireland for the fast-approaching two-Test series against Australia.
Murphy was an influential figure in Ireland's series win Down Under two years ago and famously captained Donegal to Ulster and All-Ireland SFC titles in 2012.
"It is a massive honour to be involved with the Irish team, never mind accepting the accolade to lead my country as team captain," said the 24-year-old Glenswilly clubman.
"I have enjoyed immensely the experience of pulling on the Irish jersey in the past and I am especially looking forward to playing with the best footballers from our game against the visiting Australian team over the course of the two upcoming Tests."
This year's series gets underway at Cavan's Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday, October 19 and the concluding Test will be held at Croke Park seven days later.
Earley, who is hoping his side can retain the Cormac McAnallen Cup, was in Cavan today to make the announcement as part of efforts to garner local support for the visit of the Australian team in less than three weeks' time.
The Irish manager also presented Ja Fallon as his new selector as training and preparations for the series are stepped up in the coming weeks.
"I am delighted to confirm that Michael will serve as Irish captain for our two games against Australia in this year's series and we have every confidence that he will bring his renowned leadership skills to bear on the Irish team in much the same way that he has on the Donegal set up in recent years.
"It is fitting that an Ulster man will lead the Irish challenge as the series begins in that province and in addition to his very obvious leadership qualities, we are also looking forward to seeing him leading by example in his attacking play."
Tickets for both Ireland v Australia games are now available through www.gaa.ie/tickets, and from selected SuperValu and Centra stores or the usual outlets.