26 October 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Back in the early seventies, the late Eddie Murphy was the fulcrum round which camogie enthusiasts in Castleblayney worked their passion for the small ball game with patience and persistance.
Eddie founded the camogie club in his native town in 1972 and, along with the sadly also deceased Terry Connolly, also energised gaels in ‘blayney to start up the game of hurling there too.
So, it was right and fitting that the Castleblayney girls should visit the Murphy household last weekend shortly after their historic Ulster Junior Championship final win last Sunday to show off the Bridie McMenamin Shield to Eddie’s family.
Castleblayney’s 3-7 to 0-7 victory over Armagh side Mullaghbawn at Sarsfield Park, Aughnamullen broke new ground for camogie in the border town and broke new ground for camogie in county Monaghan as ‘blayney became the first club to get their hands on the provincial junior championship trophy.
The sides were evenly matched throughout, until Blayney scored three goals in the last quarter – two from Niamh Brennan and one by substitute Elaine McKernan – to win the game.
Castleblayney manager Paul Forde was naturally elated with his team’s win:
“It was a very tight first half and with five minutes to go before half-time, I knew we would win, as we have always been a second-half team,” Forde enthused.
“We regrouped at the break and the players knew what they had to do. They were determined and they dug deep and played as a team.
“I restructured the team halfway through …

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