Seán Murphy (Gaelic footballer)

For other people named Sean Murphy, see Sean Murphy (disambiguation).
Seán Murphy
Personal information
Irish name Seán Ó Murchú
Sport Gaelic football
Position Right wing-back
Born Camp, County Kerry
Years Club
1950s-1960s Dingle
Years County Apps (scores)
1951-1961 Kerry 28 (0-00)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 7
All-Irelands 3

Dr. Seán Murphy (born 1932 in Camp, County Kerry) is a former Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club Dingle and was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1953 until 1961. Murphy is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.

Football career

Born in Camp, County Kerry, Murphy played for the Kerry County football team. He played club football for Dingle and UCD, where he qualified as a medical doctor. His greatest footballing performance was in the All-Ireland Senior Football Final of 1959, when Kerry defeated Galway in what has become known as "the Seán Murphy All-Ireland".[1] Murphy's performance in that game has been described as the "definitive classical exhibition of halfback play".[2] He was rewarded with the Texaco Footballer of the Year title for that year.[2] Murphy's brothers Pádraig, Seamus & Tomas also played for Kerry.[1]

Later life

In 1984, the GAA's centinary year Seán Murphy was named right half-back on the Football Team of the Century. In 1999 he was again honoured by the GAA by being named on their Gaelic Football Team of the Millennium.

Dr. Murphy now lives between Tralee and England.[1]

See also


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