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Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

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A European junior silver medal, four international appearances, a bagful of county, Munster and national medals and a profound positivity for the teams he led home. And all before the age of 20. Then a watershed personality in the development of athletics in his university. Just some of the highlights of Dan Murphy's short athletics career, resulting in him being dubbed 'The golden boy from Ardfert'.

Dan Murphy was born in Liscahane, Ardfert in 1951. He went to Ardfert NS and became interested in boxing in his early teens. Neighbours Patie and Willie Maguire sparred with him in the Murphy house. To get fit for boxing, they ran. Up the road was a man with a keen eye for running talent. Patrick Griffin was secretary of St John's AC in Tralee in 1966. St John's was the nearest athletic club. He asked them would they like to run with St John's. Said there was a youths' cross-country championships in Sneem the following Sunday. Dan came seventh in the race won by Joe Clifford. There were 35 runners and immediately the newest runner caught the running bug.


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