Silence at Croke Park after death of Morgan
Published 09/08/2014 | 00:00
A minute's silence was observed on Sunday at Croke Park honouring a Wexford man who regularly appeared at All-Ireland finals.
The crowd of 37,886 attending the Kerry v Galway and Mayo v Cork football quarter finals made the gesture out of respect to the memory of late Morgan Murphy.
The 60-year-old died suddenly at his home in Ballyboe outside Enniscorthy on Friday after a brief illness.
The deceased was eldest brother of well known GAA referee Dickie Murphy and a member of his sibling's umpiring team for many years. It was in this capacity that he took to the pitch at three All-Ireland hurling finals.
Though he spent a brief period in the Army and worked for a short while in the UK, Morgan Murphy was very much attached to home.
The oldest of eight boys raised by Paddy and the late Sally (née Lambert) Murphy, he was happiest remaining close to Ballyboe near the Milehouse.
During his life he worked on building sites and also carried out farm work.
He was enthusiastic about football and most especially hurling, travelling around Ireland as an umpire.
A single man, he was held in deep affection by his nieces and nephews.
Beloved son of Paddy Murphy, he is mourned by brothers Pat, MJ, Nicky, Dickie, Jim, Tom and Denis, other family members and friends.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at St Aidan's Cathedral yesterday (Monday), with interment afterwards in St Mary's cemetery.