is where the heart is for Vinny
Belmullet native Vinny Murphy will be returning from London to cheer
on his beloved Mayo in Sundays All-Ireland football final
at Croke Park.
A former Mayo Hurler of the Year, Vinny has been living and working
in the English capital since 1999. He was a member of the London
football panel for four years and is currently involved as trainer
of the North London Shamrocks club which is based in the Palmers
Green/Enfield area of North London.
An amalgamation of the old St. Teresas and Shannon Rovers/Sam
Maguires clubs, the Shamrocks contested the London IFC in Ruislip
last Saturday, only to lose to St. Brendans by 0-8 to 0-11.
Needless to say, a victory for Mayo over favourites Donegal this
weekend would help Vinny to get over that disappointment!
The defeat is still a bit raw at the moment, but hopefully
Mayo will be able to cheer me up a bit, says the 31-year-old,
who wasnt able to line out for the Shamrocks this year due
to a knee injury.
Having also lost the 2008 final to Tara after a replay, it
made it all the harder to take. St. Brendans were managed
by Bernie McManamon, who is a brother of the former Mayo centre
forward Colm. But the great thing about sport is theres always
another game to look forward to and Ill be flying into Dublin
on Sunday morning to hopefully see Mayo lift the Sam Maguire for
the first time in 61 years.
The North London Shamrocks team
With Donegal not having won the All-Ireland in 20 years, its
going to be a very emotional occasion regardless of who wins.
Vinny is anticipating a fast, furious and physical contest
which he is convinced Mayo can win.
Im confident they can do it, he says.
Donegal were very impressive against Cork in the All-Ireland
semi-final, but unlike Cork, Mayo will have a Plan B for them. Also,
I dont think Donegal will know as much about Mayo as Mayo
know about them. James Horan has done Trojan work with this team
and they still havent peaked. They have improved greatly since
the Connacht final and Im expecting to see them produce their
best performance yet on Sunday.
It should be a great final and hopefully Mayo will have a
point or two to spare at the finish. The supporters arent
putting them under the same pressure as they did in previous years
and that can only be a good thing. With no distractions, they will
be able to fully focus on the task in hand.
Vinny played minor hurling for Mayo for three years, and also represented
the county at senior level while still a minor. In 1998, he had
the distinction of captaining Belmullet to a county minor hurling
title and Mayo to an All-Ireland minor hurling B success
at Donegals expense (a good omen for Sunday perhaps?)
He also won an All-Ireland soccer title with Convent of Mercy in
the same year and was honoured with the Mayo Hurler of the Year
award (Liam McHale won the football equivalent).
Vinny is employed as a Plant & Transport Manager with Togher
Construction Ltd in Barnet. Founded by Belmullet brothers Billy
and Dave Togher, Togher Construction is an experienced reinforced
concrete frame company with the ability to integrate groundwork
and associated works in one package.
Togher offers its clients cost, plan and value engineering options
that ensures cost certainty from the earliest stage of tender. The
company has a proven track record of delivering top quality projects
safely and on time, irrespective of site restraints and tight time-frames.
A directly employed workforce, in-house formwork systems and fully
certified plan, together with years of experience, have been central
to the companys success on a wide range of projects.