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Danny Murphy - a man of 'football, faith and family'

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Danny Murphy - a man of 'football, faith and family' thumbnailTHE late Danny Murphy, whose funeral took place on Saturday.

THREE things come to mind when thinking about the late Danny Murphy, "football, family and faith", Fr Charles Byrne told mourners at his funeral.

Burren clubman and former Ulster GAA Secretary Mr Murphy, died on Wednesday, December 7, aged 67 and his funeral saw hundreds attend St Mary's Church in Burren on Saturday.

Amongst those in attendance were former Irish President Mary McAleese, PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton, GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail and former Down boss Pete McGrath.

Burren parish priest Fr Byrne told mourners: "We pray for Danny who, like St Paul, fought the good fight. He gave the best of his life and throughout his illness over the past five or six years he never gave up.

“Three words come to mind when thinking about Danny - football, family and faith and his dedication and commitment to all three.

“Danny was a man of vision as many have commented on during these past few days. He helped create a better understanding of the GAA and reached across the political divide.

“His vision and leadership has been at the core of the GAA's community engagement and outreach work, which has a strong and positive impact right across the community.

“He has enriched the lives of many."

Head of the Ulster Council for 16 years, Mr Murphy had the unique distinction of being the only person to have held the roles of Ulster Council secretary and president at the same time.

A former playing member with St Mary's, Burren, he also hurled for Rostrevor and Warrenpoint.

Mr Murphy was county chairman with Down when they won the All-Ireland title in 1991 and a selector when the side repeated the feat in 1994, having been involved in county management set ups from the early 1980s.

He was the son of the late Owen and May Murphy and a brother of Owen, Seamus, John, Monica and Bernie.

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