T. J. Murphy R.I.P.
Sligo GAA is deeply saddened at the
passing of Tommy Joe Murphy, Tubbercurry, one of the county’s best known
personalities and staunchest supporters who gave a lifetime of loyal and
dedicated service to the Gaelic Athletic Association at club, county and
Tommy Joe had a very successful playing
career with Tubbercurry GAA Club winning County SFC medals in 1946, 1950 and
1951, captaining the team in the latter two years. He also won two County SFL
medals with Tubbercurry in 1950 and 1954. Tommy Joe was an outstanding
goalkeeper on Sligo senior county team between 1952 and 1954 but played much of
his club football in outfield positions. He played in goals on the Sligo senior
team which had a memorable series of games in the 1951-‘52 NFL campaign.
Impressive wins over Offaly, Roscommon and Longford put Sligo through to the
quarter finals. A close encounter with Donegal at Glenties resulted in a one
point win for the northerners. In 1952 and 1953 Sligo fought two memorable
championship battles against high flying Mayo who were All-Ireland champions in
1950-’51. Tommy Joe was outstanding in those two games at Charlestown and
Corran Park, Ballymote, both of which Sligo lost by just three points. He
memorably saved a penalty from Padraig Carney in the 1953 game at Corran Park,
although the rebound was bundled to the net.
Tommy Joe was Chairman of Tubbercurry GAA
Club in 1965-1967 and again in 1982-1984. He held many other positions in the
club at various times including Vice-Chairman and was elected Club Patron on
his retirement as Chairman in 1984. He was also Chairman of Kilcoyne Memorial
Park, Tubbercurry, for a number of years including 1984, the GAA Centenary
Year, when the Park was awarded the AIB
GAA Sligo and Connacht Club of the Year awards. He was also Chairman of the
County Centenary Year Committee and represented the Past Players of Sligo in
the National Parade prior to the Railway Cup final in Ennis. Tommy Joe also was
chosen to Chair the County GAA Commission in 1981 which delivered a wide
ranging and progressive report. He was a loyal supporter who was always willing
to step forward to act on various committees when required. He gave years of
service to the County Activities Committee, the forerunner of the current CCC.
Tommy Joe represented Sligo on Árd-Chomhairle
in 1975-1978 and served on a number of national committees.
Sligo GAA extends deepest sympathy to
his wife Christina, sons James, John, Walter, Brendan and David, daughters
Elizabeth and Catherine, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren,
relatives and friends. Tommy Joe was predeceased by son Tomás last year.
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