Big boost to Cork as All-Ireland hurling winner rejoins their panel

Murphy had retired after the 2013 All-Ireland hurling defeat to Clare.

Biran Murphy last lined out for Cork in 2013.
Biran Murphy last lined out for Cork in 2013.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

CORK ALL-IRELAND winning defender Brian Murphy has rejoined the county’s senior hurling panel.

The Cork GAA website has revealed the news this evening and it’s a boost to manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy ahead of their Munster semi-final against Waterford on 7 June.

Cork’s defensive cover has been weakened recently with Christopher Joyce (cruciate) and Lorcán McLoughlin (collarbone) both sidelined through injury while Conor O’Sullivan has departed the panel.

Murphy has been lured from retirement after having previously called time on his inter-county career in the wake of the 2013 All-Ireland final replay loss to Clare.

The 32 year-old has continued to play club hurling and recently helped Bride Rovers win their Cork senior hurling first round tie against Bishopstown.

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Murphy won two All-Ireland senior hurling medals with Cork in 2004 and 2005 while he was the Young Hurler of the Year in 2004 and an Allstar winner in 2006.

Brian Murphy with Rory Jacob Brian Murphy (left) in action for Cork in the 2004 All-Ireland hurling semi-final against Wexford. Source: INPHO

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