Cork’s barren spell over the last decade has been discussed at length, but it is perhaps today’s news which shows the true extent of the plight the Rebels have been in for over ten years.
There’s been some close shaves and Cork are by no means a county anyone would relish facing, but the wait becomes more and more worrying with each passing year.
Those years have now finally caught up with one of the members of the two-in-a-row side of 2004 and 2005, with Brian Murphy announcing his retirement almost two years after initially stepping away from the game, according to RTÉ.
Murphy, who returned for last year’s All-Ireland Championship, where the Rebels were defeated by Galway at the quarter-final stage retires from the inter-county scene having won two All-Ireland Hurling Championships, two Munster Championships as well as picking up an All Star award.
The Bride Rovers clubman notched up over 40 inter-county appearances for the Rebels since making his debut way back in 2003.
Cork’s hurlers must now begin the quest for All-Ireland glory in 2016 without the last remaining player to have won the coveted Liam McCarthy Cup with the county back in 2005.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena