Every GAA person in Cork is familiar with Dr. Con Murphy as the legend that he really is.
He’s been through it all with the Rebels. He’s been there through thick and thin, experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows. Through it all, one thing has never wavered – his love for Cork GAA. Dr. Con, as he is referred to in the People’s Republic of Cork, has been an awesome servant to the Blood and Bandage, and he’s not done yet.
The eagerly anticipated opening of the newly developed Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Wednesday night for the clash of Valley Rovers and Blarney in the Cork Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship marked a special occasion for Leeside folk far and wide – there was an attendance of over 10,000 – but particularly for Murphy.
Amazingly, all the way back in 1976, the day Cork played Kerry to mark the grand opening of the old Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium was Murphy’s first day on the job as the official team doctor. Fast forward over 40 years later, the Doc is well established as an ever present on Rebel match days, still serving every player with any issue, ranging from the smallest niggle to the most severe of injury blows with every ounce of passion he has.
It is little wonder that he is a dressing room favourite amongst the players.
Given his own personal history with the old stadium, Con would have been keenly awaiting the re-opening of the new Páirc more so than most. He was taken on a tour of the newly renovated arena by Centra as part of their #WeAreHurling campaign ahead of Wednesday night’s encounter which saw Valley Rovers run out easy winners, and it is fair to say he was not disappointed.
Reminiscing on the golden days had in the old stadium and looking forward with excitement to the glory days ahead in the new state of the art facility, Dr. Con’s eyes lit up as he scanned the immaculate surface of the new home of Cork GAA from the stand. He goes on to compare the new venue to Croke Park as he clearly beams with pride.
Without doubt, it is this type of reaction from a Leeside stalwart such as Dr. Con is what makes the Cork public accept, their new home was worth the wait.
Check out the video of Murphy, certain to give you goosebumps, taking in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh below:
Be sure to check out the latest episode of our weekly GAA podcast, The 16th Man. We spoke to Shane McGrath ahead of Tipperary vs Clare in the All-Ireland SHC QF in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Cathal McCarron after Tyrone’s Ulster SFC triumph.
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