Thurles Sarsfields to honour ‘oldest’ All-Ireland winner Mick Murphy

Mick Murphy, thought to be the oldest living All-Ireland hurling medallist, will be honoured with Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club’s Hall of Fame award this Saturday at the club’s Social Centre.

The 97-year-old was born in Kilmayley, Co Clare and won a Clare intermediate championship with them in 1938 and also played with Clarecastle, losing three Clare senior finals.

In 1940, he moved to Thurles to work and joined Thurles Sarsfields where he won Tipperary senior championships in 1942, 1944, 1945,and 1946.

He was also right-half-back on the Tipperary team that won the All-Ireland senior title in 1945, beating Kilkenny in the final.

Two years later, he moved to work in Dublin. He played with Faughs there and later declared for Clare.

The Hall of Fame award will be presented by Sarsfields chairman, Michael Maher, whose father John captained the Tipperary team that won the 1945 All-Ireland final.

The function will also be attended by 92-year-old Sarsfields club president, Mickey ”The Rattler” Byrne, who was also a member of that Tipp 1945 winning team.

Meanwhile, the senior hurling tournament game between Tipperary and Thurles CBS All-Stars, to mark the bicentenary of the opening of the Christian Brothers’ school in Thurles, has been switched from Holycross to The Ragg on Sunday at 2pm.

The CBS team will be jointly managed by former Kilkenny All-Star Pat Henderson and former Tipperary hurling manager Fr Tom Fogarty, both past-pupils of the school. 

Their team will include regular Tipp seniors Padraic Maher, Ronan Maher and Michael Cahill of Sars, Cathal Barrett (Holycross), and James Barry (Upperchurch). Former Kilkenny stars PJ Ryan and Aidan Fogarty are also in the line-up.

Ryan will be spending a lot more time in Tipp, having taken over as manager of Cashel King Cormacs.The seven-time All-Ireland winner will attempt to revive the fortunes of the 1991 provincial champions, relegated to the intermediate grade in 2014.

Ryan, 38, met with the Cashel players for the first time last weekend and will oversee his first training session next Sunday.

He said: “Cashel have a rich tradition, as have a lot of clubs in Tipperary.

“In recent times, things haven’t panned out for them but tradition is nothing to be afraid of, it’s there to be embraced and Cashel King Cormacs is a strong name in Tipperary.” 

Elsewhere former Cork defender Fergal Ryan will manage his club Blackrock’s senior hurling team in 2016. County team-mate Wayne Sherlock will also form part of the management team.


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