Friday 23 February 2018

Where are they now?


(Former Dublin footballer)

Vinny Murphy, who turned 40 near the end of last year, continues to turn out for St Monica's from Edenmore in north Dublin, where he is player-manager. The Division 3 side begin their league campaign in Ballymun this morning.

To mark his birthday, he is shortly going to Las Vegas. He confesses he didn't winter wisely.

Murphy retired from inter-county football in 2001 having had his career split in two parts by a four-year spell in Kerry, where he played and coached at Kerins O'Rahillys.

He moved there in 1996 when surplus to Dublin requirements and jobless, though Páidí ó Sé resisted calls to have him added to the Kingdom's senior county football panel. He lined out for Kerry in the championship against Cork on one occasion, but that was with the county hurlers. "It did feel strange when I pulled it (the Kerry jersey) on," he admitted years later.

In 1988, he played in the league final against Meath and won an All-Star in 1992, when in the form of his life, although Dublin lost the All-Ireland final to Donegal. By the time Dublin won the All-Ireland in 1995, he had to settle for a substitute appearance, with Jason Sherlock residing at full-forward in his old position.

After returning to Dublin, he was reinstated to the Dublin squad in 2000 by Tommy Carr, ending a five-year exile, and scored a goal against Kerry in the 2001 championship in Thurles. His nomadic tendencies also saw him leave his club, Trinity Gaels, for St Monica's in 2003.

Last year Murphy played with the Dublin Masters, alongside Paul Curran and John O'Leary and some other ex-colleagues. They were beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final by Mayo. "They were flying fit," he says, "and we weren't."

Now living in Baldoyle, he still attends Dublin matches and was at their league win over Derry last weekend. "It's a new approach (Dublin's playing style) but if the players buy into it, it could be the start of something," he maintains.

He works as a financial advisor for Permanent TSB in Tallaght.

Sunday Independent

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