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Sunday 15 September 2019

CMWS stalwart remembered with snooker tournament

Maria Murphy, wife of the late Dick Murphy, presents the Dick Murphy Memorial Trophy to Fermoy captain Liam Hayes
Maria Murphy, wife of the late Dick Murphy, presents the Dick Murphy Memorial Trophy to Fermoy captain Liam Hayes

Pádraig Byrne

Players arrived from opposite sides of the country to do battle over the green baize of the snooker tables at St Joseph's Community Centre in memory of a much loved member of the local community.

Dick Murphy had been a major figure in Catholic Men and Women's Society (CMWS - formerly the CYMS) and had served on the National Executive of the organisation over a number of years.

As well as playing a part nationally, Dick was pivotal to the local organisation, seeing generations of young Wexfordians pass through the CYMS Hall on Charlotte Street before it closed up shop and was donated to St Vincent de Paul last year.

Such was the admiration for Dick in the organisation that the National Executive decided to create the Dick Murphy Memorial Snooker Trophy, inviting branches from right across the country to chalk up their cues and get involved.

Following preliminary heats across the country, as a mark of respect to the great man it was decided that the final should be held in Dick's hometown.

It so transpired that teams from Fermoy and Cavan travelled to St Joseph's and following a hotly contested final, the young Cork men emerged victorious. Fittingly, Dick's beloved wife Maria did the honours and presented Fermoy captain Liam Hayes with the trophy bearing her late husband's name.

The CMWS has now confirmed that the Dick Murphy Cup will be an annual prize and it is hoped that the final will continue to take place in his hometown of Wexford for years to come as a mark of respect.

Wexford People

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