Brian Murphy (Gaelic games)

Brian Murphy (Gaelic Games)

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Brian Murphy (born 1952 in Cork, Ireland) is a retired Irish sportsperson. A dual player at the highest levels, he played hurling and Gaelic football with his local club Nemo Rangers and was a member of the Cork senior inter-county teams in both codes between 1972 and 1982.

Born in Cork in 1952, Brian Murphy is regarded as the most successful dual player of all-time. The winner of every honour in both hurling and Gaelic football he is also considered one of the great Cork players of his generation. Murphy first tasted success at Gaelic games while still a schoolboy, winning All-Ireland and Munster senior football colleges medals, as well as a Munster senior hurling colleges title in 1968 with Coláiste Chríost Rí. His skills were quickly noted and he soon made his way onto the Cork minor football team where he won Munster and All-Ireland titles in 1969. By 1970 Murphy had also made his way onto the Cork minor hurling side, claiming Munster and All-Ireland victory in that year. Earlier in 1970 Murphy, who was still in his final year of secondary school, claimed further Munster and All-Ireland senior football colleges victory. The final has gone down as one of the most exciting ever, with the Corkmen coming back from an eight-point deficit to defeat St. Malachy's of Belfast, a team that included future Northern Ireland soccer international, and current Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill, by a single point.

By 1971 Murphy had finished school and...
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