By Chris Campbell
The death took place last week of former Carey Faughs stalwart Kevin Murphy. Kevin was well known throughout the county, for his love of the game of hurling, his physical presence and sometimes for his ‘robust’ style of play on the field. After playing minor Kevin left to work in England but came back in his early-twenties and was a regular on the Carey sides in the sixties and seventies, probably the most memorable game Kevin was involved in was when Carey beat a fancied Rossa side in the quarter final of the senior championship. In 1974 he picked up an intermediate Feis medal after beating Glenravel and the following year he was prominent when Carey gained promotion to Antrim Division 2.
Despite his many ‘battles’ on the field Kevin struck up a great friendship with all his opponents off the pitch, and ironically only a few days earlier his old “sparring partner” Eddie Matthews of Glenarm, against whom he had many a tussle on the pitch, also sadly passed away .
Kevin’s coffin was decked with the green shirt of his beloved Carey Faughs on his final journey from his home at Lossett to the church at Culfeightrim last Thursday, and neighbours line the route to applaud, as is the new norm during these days of lockdown.
To his wife Patricia, sons Malachy, Stephen and Noel, and family circle we offer our sincere condolences