Murphy nabs Irish gold

The Cayman Islands professional football player Tuda Murphy recently received three additional awards in Ireland.

Murphy was at an awards ceremony with his Irish Premier League Club Glenavon FC.

Murphy received the Alan Steele Player of the Season Award, the William Walker Award and the Stewards Award for his hard work and outstanding performances throughout the season.

With these awards in tow, Murphy now has four trophies to his name on the season.

A few weeks ago Murphy won the Supporters Club Player of the Year Award. That accolade was his first piece silverware for the 2007-2008 season with his Irish club.

In a telephone interview Murphy expressed shock at receiving these prestigious awards. He added that he knew he was working hard at his games and has achieved a lot of recognition both in Ireland and in the Cayman Islands.

On the other hand Murphy says he is stunned by the number of awards that he has received.

‘I am really fascinated and this goes to prove that everyone will be rewarded for their hard work. It was not easy reaching this level but I stuck to the task and now I am reaping the fruits of my labour.

‘Thanks to God and everyone who has in some way or the other contributed to my present success both in the Cayman Islands and here in Ireland.’

Jeffrey Webb, president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, said he was pleased to hear of the awards that Murphy had received.

‘I am extremely proud of Murphy. He has been a perfect example for all aspiring young Caymanians to emulate.

‘His performances have been commendable. He has stood tall as an outstanding ambassador of the Cayman Islands who has done tremendously well in football. I wish him continued success,’ Webb said.

Murphy is a former George Town FC player. He started his football career at the age of seven while attending George Town Primary school.

At 14, he was on the National Youth squad playing against countries Such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

Murphy is the island’s No. 1 senior goal keeper. He recently represented the Cayman Islands in the road to the 2010 World Cup against Bermuda. The match was described as the best performance by the Cayman Islands at that level.

He is a past student of John Grey High School. He holds a degree in advertising and communications.

He plans to pursue his career full-time after his retirement from professional football. He is married and has one son.

For more information contact the CIFA office at 949-5775 or email [email protected].