THE initials JBM are well known in sporting circles all over Ireland as Jimmy Barry-Murphy has an honoured place as one of the greatest dual stars ever to grace a GAA pitch in Ireland.
He won All-Star football awards in 1973 and 1974; four Railway Cup successes in a row from 1975 to 1978, and an All-Ireland club title with the Barrs in 1980.
In a never to be forgotten day in 1978, Barry-Murphy played a pivotal role in that famous win.
“What about all the great players that never won one All-Ireland or even played in Croke Park? I count myself one of the lucky ones and now when I look back on my career I just thank God I was part of that great era.”
“Just because I played hurling and football does not mean my son should have followed in my steps and I am sure Brian has no regrets playing and managing across the water.”
Barry-Murphy won six senior county medals with St Finbarr’s and two All-Ireland club titles.