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Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

Tommy Murphy, 1921-1985

By Frank Meehan

Extracted from "Laois Yearbook" 1989

Additional info and corrections from Anna Nolan Gough

Tommy Murphy was born in Nov. 1920 in Knockbeg and his father came from Tinryland to work at Knockbeg but he also was not born in Tinryland, he is from a place called Tomacork on the Carlow Wicklow border.

Photo of Tommy Murphy in New York c.1937 with two friends posted on Facebook by Anna Nolan Goug.

They had four sons; Andy, Eddie, Tommy and John and five daughters, Mrs Marna Geoghehan, Mrs Bally Morrissey, Mrs Nuala MacRory, Mrs Deirdre King and Mrs Enda John. Mrs Marna Geoghehan, (nee Murphy) was his eldest daughter who married John Geoghehan and has lived in Australia for about 44 years

In Laois football the name of Tommy Murphy will live forever because indeed the maestro of Laois was the greatest in Ireland. In the thirties and forties his was a household name all over Ireland. He won Provincial medals in 1937, 1938 and 1946. He first won fame against Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final in 1937. The following year his team won the Leinster College Championship.

Tommy MurphyHe played for Laois Minors when he was only 15 years old and at 16, he was first chosen for the county senior team and his performances bestowed on him the title "Boy Wonder".

He developed into a mid-fielder of great fame and respect and was crucial to the successes of Laois during the 1930s when winning three Leinster titles in a row from '36 to '38.

 He won eight Laois Senior medals and the Railway Cup medals. He toured the United States with the Laois team just before the war.

His last game for Laois was against Wexford in the 1953 Championship and two years later he played his last game, Graiguecullen v Annanough.

For many years he worked as a Land Stewart and later with the Department of Post and Telegraphs. He contested the 1948 election for Laois-Offaly as a Clan na Pobhactha candidate but failed to get a seat.

Tommy Murphy died of a heart attack in May 1985 and was buried in his native Graiguecullen.

In 1999 the Gaelic Athletic Association honoured Murphy by naming him on the Gaelic football "Team of the Millennium." He was further honoured in 2005 when the organisation named the "Tommy Murphy Cup", a new football competition, in his honour.

List of people on stamps of Ireland

Tommy MurphyFootball Team of the Millennium 1999 - Tommy Murphy Millennium GAA Team


Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sources: Irish Midlands Ancestry
Source: Anna Nolan Gough (Facebook)