Death of Kerry’s oldest All-Ireland winning captain at age 98

Jas Murphy started his intercounty career with Cork before returning to his native Kerry

 

Kerry’s oldest surviving All-Ireland winning captain passed away in Cork on Wednesday, at the age of 98.

Jas Murphy, a Tralee-born garda who led Kerry to a historic win over Armagh in the All-Ireland final in 1953, first played Gaelic football with Kerins O’Rahillys.

He later lined out with the Garda club in Cork and was part of their 1950 county championship winning team.

The stylish corner back first appeared on the intercounty scene after declaring for the Cork senior football team in 1947.

After two seasons with his adopted team, he subsequently joined the Kerry senior football team in 1949.

Murphy later became president of Nemo Rangers in Cork after moving to the Rebel County where reached the rank of Detective Garda and based in Union Quay in Cork City from 1943 until his retirement in 1985.

Murphy’s passing leaves Mick O’Connell, who captained Kerry to All-Ireland success in 1959, as the Kingdom’s oldest living winning captain.

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