ARGUABLY the best goalkeeper in the history of Camogie announced her retirement earlier this week.
Aoife Murray slipped away quietly from the Cork panel last November.
This week however she publicly announced that she would not be returning to wear the number 1 jersey that she held for 18 seasons.
The 36-year old’s professional approach to the art of hurling goalkeeping raised standards across the country.
Holder of nine All-Ireland medals, from 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018, Aoife also won All Star awards in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
A goalkeeper’s role on the field became far more than just a shot stopper over the past decade and more.
Leadership, shot stopper, puck outs, dead ball expert, Aoife was top class at them all.
Her acrobatic saves, her alert and accurate puck outs, her penalty taking and inspiration to her team from between the posts was instrumental for Cork over the past 18 seasons and her boots are hard to fill.
She fulfilled a lifetime ambition when she captained Cork to her last title in 2018, especially for her Mam and Dad.
She knew what it meant to them and her family as they supported her all through her career.
Aoife also won three county senior championship medals with Cloughduv and was captain in 2005 for their third title.
She has worked in Dublin for a number of years and made the return journey three times a week for Cork training. Incredible commitment.
Aoife works with Colliers International as an associate director, responsible for the assembly and asset management portfolio of investments.
Speaking of her parting from what has been her life for so long Aoife said: "It has been the main part of my life since seven and I played with Cork since I was 14.
"It's almost like a really bad break-up because it’s the only thing I’ve known all my life.
"This is probably the happiest I've ever been with a decision but at the same time, it's really hard."