News‎ > ‎

Tom Murphy RIP

posted 21 Jan 2013, 04:43 by Unknown user
On behalf of all at Skellig Rangers G.A.A. Club Portmagee we extend our sypmathies to his family, at home and abroad, on his recent passing.
Anybody wishing to post a message or sympathy or even recall a memory please feel free to do so using the comment section below.

Gerard O'Sullivan - Chairman.
Death of a great Kerryman in far away New York.

Thomas Gerald Murphy was born on April 16, 1938 in Portmagee County Kerry Ireland. He sailed to America in 1958 at the age of 20. He met Mary Teresa McKeon from Tullamore County Offaly in New York and they married October 20th, 1962. They have one daughter, four sons and six grandchildren.

He worked as a carpenter. He had a very deep faith and lived his life according to that faith. He valued his family, his friends, and Kerry football, the order of importance is debatable. A piece of his heart was always in Ireland. He loved the music and enjoyed dancing when the opportunity presented itself.

Tom played football for his local club Skellig Rangers and South Kerry and was on the same team with well known footballer’s Mick O’Connell and Mick O’Dwyer. In New York he played for the Kerry Senior team for a number of years starting in ’59 and helped them to a number of championship wins. He was at Gaelic park in NY almost every Sunday afternoon and was on the Minor football board and coached his sons’ teams for years, passing on his love of the sport to the next generation.