Aspiring sportsmen dream, I’m told, of having their names recorded in the annals of the sporting greats. But what happens when two sporting achievers share the same name? The wrong one ends up with the trophy. That’s what happened in this case, at least.
Thanks to Falcarragh man Gavin Gallagher for bringing this quirky story to our attention.
Gavin lives in Killorglin, Co. Kerry and recently replaced his oil tank. The man who delivered it was a fellow called Michael Murphy. The two men got to chatting about GAA and here’s what happened.
“Michael asked me if I knew Donegal captain Michael Murphy and said he had an award belonging to him.
“The Kerry Michael Murphy was at a GAA awards ceremony last autumn and was mistakenly presented with a trophy intended for Donegal captain Michael Murphy.
“The trophy is a large Galway Crystal vase and was the Man of the Match award for last year’s championship match between Donegal and Derry.
“I contacted Michael Murphy on twitter, explained the situation and, as Donegal were playing Kerry last weekend, I asked him if he wanted to meet up after the game and receive this Man of the Match award from the other Michael Murphy. He contacted me to say he would like to accept the trophy.
“Therefore, after the Kerry v Donegal game, myself and the two Michael Murphys met, and, in front of Donegal Michael’s parents, one Michael Murphy presented the other Michael Murphy with his Man of the Match award from last year.”
And there’s another wrinkle in the story, as Gavin explains.
“The Kerry Michael is a brother-in-law of the Gooch Cooper, and when initially presented with the trophy, he thought it was to be passed on to the Gooch.”