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Garryowen pay tribute to achievements of homegrown star Conor Murray

Over 300 people attended a gala event held by Garryowen FC on Sunday evening to pay tribute to Irish and Munster scrum half Conor Murray.

The night not only marked a celebration of the heights that Murray has reached in his career representing the Lions, Ireland and Munster, but it also recognised Murrays success in his early days when representing Garryowen FC and St. Munchin’s College.

“I’ve been privileged in my career to have enjoyed magnificent moments at the highest level, with Ireland, the Lions and, of course, Munster. But none of this would have happened were it not for my club Garryowen,” said Murray.

“The same applies for all international players; it starts with your club and I can certainly say that I got the best possible start with Garryowen and owe so much to everyone here.”

Murray also recognised that a number of his childhood heroes from Garryowen were present and he thanked them for playing a key part in his rugby experience.

A number of Murrays international teammates attended the event in recognition of his achievements. Among those in attendance on the night were World player of the year Johnny Sexton, Irish Captain Rory Best, Peter O’Mahony, Keith Earls and many more.

Johnny Sexton, Keith Wood and Peter O’Mahony all took to the stage to commemorate and speak of the impact that Murray has had in what is the greatest era of Irish Rugby.

Garryowen FC took the opportunity also to launch their Legacy project as part of the evening.

Frank Hogan, Chair of the Garryowen FC Legacy Committee said: “Building on the values of the club, values that help nurture great young players like Conor, we need to recognise and support those that have played for the club in the past and for community projects in the future.”

Among the items auctioned on the night to help raise funds for the Legacy project were boots signed by Murray himself, a signed Irish Captain’s jersey, holiday to New York, golf days and rugby experiences.

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