𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐉𝐎𝐇𝐍 𝐌𝐔𝐑𝐏𝐇𝐘 𝐀𝐍 𝐃Ú𝐍 𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐂𝐘𝐂𝐋𝐄
Gavin and Karl Murphy, sons of the Late John Murphy who sadly passed away on 21st May 2020, will be doing a charity cycle across Co. Down that will see the brothers travel to all 49 GAA clubs over three days.
A Newry Shamrocks GAC Seamróga an Iúir CLG native, John Murphy won an All-Ireland medal for Official Down GAA in 1968 and was a selector on the winning teams of ’91 & ’94. In his memory, Gavin and Karl want to raise much-needed funds for Northern Ireland Hospice, NI Children’s Hospice, Cancer Fund for Children and the Southern Area Hospice – what better way to connect the whole county and organise a charity cycle for family and friends on a route that encompasses each GAA club in his beloved Co Down.
Starting at Mitchels GFC on Thursday 1st July and finishing at Newry Shamrocks on Saturday 3rd July, the total journey covered will be 280 miles, similar to the distance from Malin Head to Mizen Head. The total elevation is 15,000 feet averaging at 5,000 feet per day. Gavin and Karl will be joined on their cycle by Shane Kehoe, David McCaul, Conor Grant and Ciarán McLogan, a former Newry Mitchels man now firmly ensconced in Clonduff as U11 Football Coach. Other family members, friends and a few special guests will join them along the way.
There is no doubt this three-day event will test the brother’s fitness levels that were so often questioned whilst plying their trade with Newry Shamrocks over their careers.
The cyclists arrived at Clonduff on Thursday morning and were met by a crowd of enthusiastic supporters and a presentation was made to the cause.