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Michael Murphy defines an era of unrivalled glory and success

Colm Keys


The Donegal skipper aims to lead his side to their sixth title in 11 year

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Donegal player Michael Murphy made his debut for the county back in 2007 and has since been the teams most influential player, as he prepares to lead the Tír Conaill men out into their 10th Ulster final in 11 years - all of which he was captain for. Photo: Sportsfile

Donegal player Michael Murphy made his debut for the county back in 2007 and has since been the teams most influential player, as he prepares to lead the Tír Conaill men out into their 10th Ulster final in 11 years - all of which he was captain for. Photo: Sportsfile

Donegal player Michael Murphy made his debut for the county back in 2007 and has since been the teams most influential player, as he prepares to lead the Tír Conaill men out into their 10th Ulster final in 11 years - all of which he was captain for. Photo: Sportsfile

Between 1958 and 1975 Down contested 16 Ulster football finals. Sean O’Neill was still eligible for minor grade in 1958 but for the other 15 he was ever present, playing his last as a 35-year-old in 1975.

O’Neill won eight Ulster medals from his 15 finals. While Down’s breakthrough had many elements, his presence on the team for 17 years, his genius, shaped their success more than anything else. It was his era.


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