A FLYING VISIT Brian Murphy from Ballintubber, who was selected on the Team of the Year, is pictured with his parents, Mike and Maura. He flew home from Canada for the event. Pic: Michael McLaughlin
NOBODY went to greater lengths to make sure they were at the 14th annual Club Stars last Saturday night than Brian Murphy.
The Ballintubber defender was named at corner-back in the 2018 Team of the Year and arrived back in Ireland from Toronto — where he has been living and working in recent months — early on Saturday morning.
“It’s been a long 48 hours,” he told The Mayo News. “I only decided to come back here for the awards on Wedneday, so it’s been a whirlwind really.
“I left at 6 o’clock Toronto time and got into Dublin this morning at 9.30am. I didn’t even have time to say hello to my family or to get one of my Mother’s dinners! I had to get ready and go straight to the awards.
“But it’s been good craic, the awards are great, they’re really well set-up, and I’ve really enjoyed the night.”
Murphy enjoyed one of his best seasons to date in 2018 and his defensive displays, where he both man-marked and attacked from deep, earned him his first Club Stars award.
Although fatigued from his travels, the 25 year-old had no regrets about coming home.
“It’s an honour and very nice to get recognised, it’s the cherry on top of this year,” he said. “We won the county [championship] this year and that’s the main thing, but winning individual awards is good.
“You remember it and cherish it.
“I’ve to be back at work [in Toronto] on Monday morning, I couldn’t get it off,” he added.
“I tried but I couldn’t do it. I will be tired, but 100 percent getting back here to see the lads, coming to the awards, and getting this experience in, it’s been great. I’m glad I did it.
“And as the weeks go by, I know it will be the right choice.”