Tuesday 16 January 2018

'Spoiled' GAA star Murphy delighted by honour

Donegal Mayor Ian McGarvey with Michael Murphy and his family at the event.
Donegal Mayor Ian McGarvey with Michael Murphy and his family at the event.

Greg Harkin

GAA star Michael Murphy has been honoured by his county for his contribution to sport.

The Donegal player was the guest at a special reception in his honour by Donegal County Council to mark his captaincy of the Ireland international rules team and his recent success with club Glenswilly and his captaincy of the Donegal All-Ireland winning team of 2012.

The 24-year-old admitted that as an only child he was probably "spoiled", telling councillors in Lifford: "I was shocked, I always thought these events were for people in the later years. But I do appreciate it.

"I have been very fortunate as a footballer and a person to have achieved what I have.

"I have been fortunate to have such a good family, such a good club and such good friends. I would like to thank my mother and father. Some people say I am spoiled and maybe I am but I would like to think it has made me what I am today."

The forward's father Mick, mother Mary and his 85-year-old grandfather Joe Hutchinson from Buncrana were in the chamber.

Mick told councillors: "I am delighted for all the great things that have been said about Michael but I have to reveal that his mother has him spoiled, including allowing him to get as much sleep as he can."

Cllr Ciaran Brogan, who had proposed the reception, said it was a pity that Murphy was an only child.

"What could we have done if we have had six Michael Murphys on the Donegal team?" he joked.

Irish Independent

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