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Jerry Murray RIP

The death occurred on 23rd March 2015 of Jerry Murray, former Cork Constitution President and Captain.

 

Before joining Constitution, Jerry was an outstanding Schools player, winning Munster Junior and Senior Schools Cup medals with Presentation College Cork in 1957 and 1958.

 

Joining Constitution from school, he was a mainstay of the most successful teams through the 1960’s and 1970’s. He won a record seven Munster Senior Cup medals, and an astonishing thirteen Munster League titles, during a remarkable playing career that finally ended with the Munster Cup campaign in 1980.

 

There were many memorable games, not least the Munster Cup final wins over Garryowen at Thomond Park in 1961 and Musgrave Park in 1972; and a League final victory, also against Garryowen at Thomond Park in 1975. In each game Constitution were deemed underdogs, but against the odds won notable victories.

 

His pre-match team-talks were legendary, and it is said that on one occasion, the opposition sat spellbound in their dressing room, listening to his motivational speech next door. On another occasion in a Limerick hotel, as a band marched down the street with a solemn roll of drums, he remarked that it was the funeral march for the opposition!

 

He played for Munster also in some memorable games: at Thomond Park in 1963 when New Zealand escaped with a 6-3 victory; and at Musgrave Park in 1967 when Munster defeated Australia 11-8. Unlucky not to wear the green jersey, he was honoured in 1977 by the famous Barbarian club when selected against Leicester.

 

An able administrator, he served Cork Constitution as Club Captain 1967 & 1972, and as President 1995. He served as Munster selector 1986-90; and Ireland selector 1989-92; and as Munster Branch President 2000-01

 

The club wishes to express its sympathy to his wife Lulu, sons Niall and Jerry, and daughters Ann Louise and Jean.

Cork Constitution FC

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