Monday 11 December 2017

Rebel baby will be roaring for his aunt and uncle

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A BABY boy born into a sports-mad Cork family has a double reason to roar for the Rebels this weekend.

Six-week-old Dara Murphy has an aunt and an uncle proudly wearing Cork's colours in Croke Park.

His aunt, Grace Kearney (23), is a star member of the Cork ladies' football panel, which will be making history against Monaghan on Sunday.

And his uncle, Brian Murphy (30), is a member of Jimmy Barry Murphy's Cork side that faces Clare in the hurling replay on Saturday.

Dara's grandparents, John and Kathleen Kearney, of Barnahash, outside Rathcormac, Co Cork, admit it will be a stressful weekend.

"I don't know which match we are going to be more stressed about. I'll be a nervous wreck by Sunday night," said John.

Grace will be cheered on not only by her youngest nephew, Dara, but by her elder nephew, Cathal (3) and niece, Saoirse (1).

As for the hurling final, Brian Murphy's sister-in-law, Evelyn, gave birth to his newest nephew, Dara, last month and his Bride Rovers club features eight players who are connected to the Kearney and Murphy families, including his brother and proud new father, Barry.

Meanwhile, Ennis Town Council has confirmed that it will stage a double home-coming for the senior and U-21 hurlers on Sunday evening at the Fairgreen in Ennis.

Cork's hurlers will be welcomed back to Cork from 6pm on Sunday evening and will be paraded through the city centre to South Mall/Parnell Place.

The Rebelette footballers will be given their home-coming on Monday evening.

Irish Independent

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