Teamwork the key, says modest priest
AS unassuming as ever, Fr Murphy was quick to deflect the limelight as he was named 2014 Kerry Person of the Year on Monday by the Kerry Association in Dublin.
"All along all the efforts I made were about teamwork, every win has been in conjunction with a hard working body of people and these people are who I thank," he told The Kerryman.
"Of course I'm grateful at being nominated but I honestly and sincerely feel other people are more deserving of this award than me," he added.
It was a typical answer from the 89-year-old who has witnessed first hand the rise in popularity and standard of the national Tidy Towns competition. "I could genuinely say that Sneem and Kenmare are now better than when they won the award in their respective years," he remarked.
And despite winning less than three years ago, he believes the standard in Killarney has also risen.
"Killarney is improving every year and the committee is constantly looking for new ideas. They get tremendous help from the meitheal from the likes of Johnny McGuire and Padraig Treacy and there is a core body of around 40 or 50 volunteers who travel into the town on week nights and on Saturday mornings. It's people like these whose contribution should be acknowledged," he said.