Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 28 February 2015

Donegal captain Murphy targeting more special moments

Mivhael Murphy has had little time in which to catch his breath following his outstanding performances for Ireland in the International Rules series.

The Donegal skipper touched down at Dublin Airport at 6.30 on Thursday morning and three hours later he was immersed in lectures in Dublin City University.

Tomorrow the prodigiously-talented 22-year-old will have a key role in the Glenswilly side that will meet Latton in the Ulster club football championship quarter-final at Ballybofey.

And he has received the perfect pre-match boost now that he has clinched the Quinn Insurance Ulster GAA Writers Association merit award for October following, his outstanding performances for Glenswilly in the Donegal county final.

Michael landed 1-7 of their 1-8 total against St Michael’s and in their club championship preliminary round success over Cavan Gaels.

“Winning the Ulster GAA Writers' Award for a second time within a few months is a terrific honour,” said Murphy.

“It is really special to be recognised..

“Being part of Glenswilly's first championship win was fantastic. Playing alongside lads I grew up with was unbelievable.

“It was a really special moment when the final whistle sounded.”

Michael will receive his merit award at a special presentation during the Writers’ Association annual banquet in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran on Friday next.

In winning the honour, he fended off a stiff challenge from Eoin McCusker, who hit the winning point for Dromore in the Tyrone final and Conleith Gilligan, who played a major role in Ballinderry's Derry title success.

Incidentally, some tickets are still available for the Ulster GAA Writers’ Association banquet.

They can be booked with the treasurer at 028 (from Northern Ireland) or 048 (from the Republic of Ireland) 90612903.

The Monthly Merit winners will be in attendance and the winners of the various annual awards will be revealed and presented with their awards.

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