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Cork's Con Murphy is just what the doctor ordered

Con Murphy's 'crucial' skills have been healing Cork bodies and minds for almost 40 years

Published 27/09/2013 | 05:00

Tomorrow's Clare v Cork game will be Dr Con Murphy's 25th All-Ireland final on the rebel bench
Tomorrow's Clare v Cork game will be Dr Con Murphy's 25th All-Ireland final on the rebel bench
Celebrating with Diarmuid O'Sullivan after the 2004 All-Ireland final
Murphy embraces Davy Fitzgerald after the drawn final

A name and job description rolled into one that barely touches the depth of his vocation. Medicine may be Con Murphy's profession, but communication is his gift. The gentle, playful cadence of his voice has become as much part of a Cork dressing-room today as the distribution of crimson jerseys.

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To many of his generation, the young may be an enigma. But almost 40 years into this story, Dr Con still seems instantly reachable and knowable to players sitting in clamourous dressing-rooms, the swell of a huge, expectant crowd so palpable overhead.

Tomorrow will be his 25th senior All-Ireland final with Cork. In that time, he has watched the GAA world do somersaults, locally seen good men just about pull through the sparky upheaval of three strikes that sundered old unions.

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