Civic reception for Murphy

Civic reception for Murphy
Michael Murphy is to be afforded a Civic Reception from Donegal County Council in recognition of his sporting achievements and his captaincy of the Irish International Rules team this year.

Michael Murphy is to be afforded a Civic Reception from Donegal County Council in recognition of his sporting achievements and his captaincy of the Irish International Rules team this year.

Murphy will be welcomed by the Mayor of County Donegal, Councillor Ian McGarvey, before an address from County Manager Seamus Neely. There will be tributes from a representative of each of the political parties and a presentation to the Donegal captain by Mayor McGarvey.

Bomany native Murphy captained Donegal to a second All-Ireland championship last September when he won man of the match in the 2-11 to 1-13 win over Mayo at Croke Park and continued his fine form in 2013.

Alongside Donegal teammates Patrick McBrearty from Kilcar and Gaoth Dobhair’s Neil McGee, Murphy led Ireland to a 57-35 opening Test win at Breffni Park in Cavan before a thumping 116-37 victory at Croke Park.

The 24-year-old helped his club Glenswilly to a second RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC title thanks to a classy performance in the 3-19 to 2-6 win over Killybegs in Ballybofey.

Glenswilly went on to defeat St Gall’s from Antrim and then Fermanagh’s Roslea Shamrocks to become only the fourth Donegal side to ever reach the AIB Ulster Club Championship final.

And despite Murphy scoring a goal as early as the 25th second for the Foxhall club, Glenswilly’s endeavours eventually fell just short against a very accomplished Ballinderry Shamrocks team at Healy Park.

The Civic Reception will take place in the Council chamber at the County House in Lifford on Monday, December 16, at 3pm.