Wednesday 28 September 2016

Kerry football star repays expensive helicopter dash with starring role in club championship

Published 15/12/2015 | 02:30

Kerry's Paul Murphy
Kerry's Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy repaid his expensive helicopter ride to Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney on Saturday as the 2014 All-Star fired 1-3 from play in Rathmore's East Kerry SFC semi-final win over Kilcummin.

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Murphy was completing an accountancy exam at the Bishopstown GAA Complex on Saturday morning, which was not due to finish until 1.10, so extreme action was required.

Chairman Donal Murphy, Paul's father, stressed the importance of having his son and Conor Jenkins, exam-tied in CIT, on board for the game.

"We decided we couldn't play without them so hiring a helicopter was our only option. Fortunately, the pilot was from Rathmore," Murphy said.

Paul Murphy was finishing off an accountancy exam on Saturday morning
Paul Murphy was finishing off an accountancy exam on Saturday morning

"They landed at 1.50 on the Dr Crokes pitch and Paul and Conor were quite relaxed. They stretched and warmed up on the floor of the dressing room as Denis Moynihan was delivering his team talk."

Lining out at centre-forward Murphy was the pivotal figure as his side held off a late Kilcummin rally to secure a 3-10 to 1-14 victory. The Kerry star, man of the match in the 2014 All-Ireland final, was full value for his expensive taxi ride and they now meet Legion on Saturday in a repeat of last year's final.

Donal Murphy believed the expense was fully justified. He said: "It was costly but at the end of the day, we would not have won the semi-final without them, so it was worth it."

Irish Independent

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