Cork board hails massive contribution
Published 31/08/2015 | 02:30
Cork County Board chairman Gerard Lane said that Jimmy Barry-Murphy's contribution to Cork GAA had been immense.
"As a player, Jimmy's achievements go right back to his first All-Ireland title with the Cork footballers in 1973, and he became one of the greatest dual players to ever grace the game.
"During his initial stint as Cork senior manager, he delivered Cork's first All-Ireland hurling title in nine years, and on his return, he guided the county to an All-Ireland final and to a first Munster title since 2006.
"He is a true legend and an iconic figure in Cork GAA, and we thank him most sincerely for all that he has done in over 40 years. While we are very sorry to lose him, we have to accept his decision and wish him all the very best."
County secretary Frank Murphy described Barry-Murphy as "an outstanding ambassador for our games" - adding that he had given tremendous service to the county on and off the field.
"The Board acknowledges his unstinting efforts with the county teams over the past four years in his second term as manager. He has earned the utmost respect not alone in his own county but throughout Ireland and abroad as the consummate gentleman."
"I have given a great deal of thought to Cork hurling since the defeat by Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final, and I now feel that the time is right for me to step down as manager.
"I want to sincerely thank the players, selectors, backroom support team and County Board for all their efforts in the last four years.
"I also want to thank our loyal supporters who always travelled in huge numbers in tough economic times to support us.
"I know that Cork will continue to challenge for major honours in the years ahead. I wish everyone the very best next year and in the years to come."