Mick Murphy proud of son Michael’s achievements ahead of Glenswilly’s final

Gerry McLaughlin

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Gerry McLaughlin

Mick Murphy proud of son Michael’s achievements ahead of Glenswilly’s final
He is the “other” Michael Murphy. But Michael Snr is immensely and rightly proud of his 25 year-old son who has become Donegal’s national treasure.

He is the “other” Michael Murphy. But Michael Snr is immensely and rightly proud of his 25 year-old son who has become Donegal’s national treasure.

It is a press night in Donegal Town and the Glenswilly club chairman recalls the long and tough journey his son has taken to reach the pinnacle of his sport.

For when Murphy Jnr was only three years of age it did not look like he was going to fulfill his dream of playing for Donegal.

And the very young boy had on operation on both his hips to ensure that he could continue to kick a ball around Glenswilly.

“I am very happy with Michael.

“Michael has put a lot of time into football and he has given his life to it.

“He has put a lot of practice and as a young fellow he spent hours and hours at it.

“And he had his own battles with his hips but thank God he recovered.

“He had those operations done before he was three years of age and he came out of it very well, thank God.

“And he has worked awful hard and keeps himself very well fitness wise and does a lot of work in the off season to keep himself rehabbed and I think that is the secret of where he is today”.

But behind the well- mannered young man is a steely determination and character that Jim McGuinness instantly recognised and made him captain of his county at the age of 21.

“Michael sets himself certain goals and he normally achieves them but he has had some good hours of football but he has had some big disappointments too and there is no doubt about that,” he said.

“We lost an All-Ireland senior title this year and we were not far way and we lost an Ulster club title last year to Ballinderry by one score.

“We then lost an Ulster final last year and lost a League final to Monaghan.

“So he has had his percentages of losses as well as his percentages of victories.

On Sunday Glenswilly face a huge task on Sunday against their urban neighbours who can pick from a huge population while Glenswilly are relying on around 300 country homes.

“We are working off small squad of 24 at the moment as we have four or five lads out with long term injuries.

‘They will be back next year and they would be in our starting team.

“Anything we have achieved so far has been by sheer determination, hard work and a bit of luck,” he added.

And Glenswilly also manages to field three teams.

“Our third team members also do a lot of work for the club in the line of stewarding, car parking and are involved in helping out the club.

“This is our fourth final in seven years and against a very strong St Eunan’s side in 2007, we had young lads like Michael, Philip O’Donnell and Keelan McFadden who were young teenagers.

“They were playing against a Eunan’s side who had a Westmeath county player, a Sligo county player and Donegal county players.

“They were a serious team and they are still today a serious team.

“They have worked very hard also and they have helped us as GAA people and there is a great friendship there also.

“But we have a very determined bunch of players who are really focused but our percentage of victory was very small and we just got over the line.

“There were some tough matches to come through and I would be really happy if we could win”.

And so would Michael Jnr also!