Monday, 01 August 2011 10:39

Jimmy Barry-Murphy: Cork's 1970's Boy Wonder Of Hurling & Football

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JBM's Historic Record Of Achievement 

Playing in the famed blue of his beloved Barr’s club or the rebel Red of his native Cork, Jimmy Barry Murphy tormented club and inter-county defenders driving over and under the bar some of the games most memorable scores in the history of gaelic games.

Born into a legendary sporting background, he made his Cork debut in minor ranks in 1971. He went on to play inter county minor hurling and football and honours flowed rapidly. In 1973 he exploded into Cork senior football ranks and his impact was a prime factor in the glorious Sam Maguire All Ireland triumph to end a Cork football famine that extended from 1945 to 1973.

His entry to the senior hurling squad also heralded a successful chapter in Cork hurling during the famous 3 in a row 1976/77/78 era. A player’s player, Jimmy was inspirational in his distribution to colleagues and a fluent skillful exponent of manufacturing delightful scores from obscure scoring positions. His many roles in famous Cork victories will live in the memories of hurling and football fans all over Ireland.

On retirement Jimmy went into coaching and guided Cork minor hurlers to an All Ireland title in 1995. This title ended an unusual 10 year Cork exile from minor honours. Promotion to the role of senior coach followed in 1996 and great expectations arose. However Cork hurling had now sunk lower than public perception and Limerick hurlers opened gaping wounds in the Munster championship and major surgery was urgently required all over the field.

In 1999 a young squad, backboned by back to back All Ireland U21 hurling triumphs in 1998/99, annexed the Munster title and on September 12th 1999 at Croke Park, Jimmy led the unfancied Corkmen to a famed victory over Kilkenny to claim the rebels 28th title on a day when the clouds let loose torrential storms of rain. Jimmy Barry Murphy had now reached the summit on and off the field but Cork hurling again went into reverse mode for a few more years until the legendary Barrsman called time on his association with hurling at the top level.

The legacy Jimmy left as one of gaelic games greatest dual players will never be uncelebrated and his managerial career delivered minor and senior All Ireland titles.

The unique collection of Club & County hurling and football medals won by the legendary sportsman is historic over several grades of hurling and football. As a Club & County icon Jimmy Barry Murphy is one of Ireland’s and Cork’s greatest and most respected ambassadors in gaelic games history.

 

 

All Ireland Roll Of Honour

1971: Minor hurling medal

1972: Minor football medal

1973: Senior football medal

Under 21 hurling medal

1975: All Irl club hurling medal

1976: Senor hurling medal

1977: Senior hurling medal

1978: Senior hurling medal

All Irl club hurling medal

1980: All Irl club football medal

1981: All Irl club football medal

1984: Senior hurling medal

1986: Senior hurling medal

Munster Roll Of Honour

1971: Minor Football Medal

Minor Hurling Medal

1972: Minor Football Medal

Minor Hurling Medal

1973: Senior Football Medal

Under 21 Hurling Medal

1974: Senior Football Medal

Under 21 Football Medal

1975: Senior Hurling Medal

Under21 Hurling Medal

Club Hurling Medal

1976: Senior Hurling Medal

1977: Senior Hurling medal

1978: Senior Hurling medal

Club Hurling Medal

1979: Senior Hurling Medal

Club Hurling Medal

1980: Club Hurling Medal

Club Football Medal

1981: Club Hurling Medal

1982: Senior Hurling Medal

1983: Senior Hurling Medal

Club Football Medal

1984: Senior Hurling Medal

1985: Senior Hurling Medal

1986: Senior Hurling Medal

National League Honours:

Hurling 1980; Football 1981

Railway Cup: Football: 1975/76/77/78

Oireachtas: 1985

Cork Co. Senior Honours:

Hurling: (6) 1974/77/79/81/82/84

Football: (5) 1976/79/80/82/85

Hurling All Star Awards: (5) 1976/77/78/83/86

Football All Star Awards: (2) 1973/74

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