Gaelic football success for Kirkintilloch lad

Kirkintilloch. Liam Murphy (15)  has been chosen for the Scotland under 15s Gaelic Football Team 18.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

Kirkintilloch. Liam Murphy (15) has been chosen for the Scotland under 15s Gaelic Football Team 18.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

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A PROUD Gaelic footballer is delighted after starring for the Scotland under-15 team.

Half forward Liam Murphy, who recently turned 15, was part of the Scotland team which reached the semi-finals of a prestigious international tournament in Cardiff.

The St Ninian’s High School pupil plays in the number 10 position, just in front of the midfielders, for both Scotland and his club side Tir Conaill Harps.

Liam, from Kirkintilloch, said: “We won our group games comfortably and I got a few goals and a few points, which I was pleased with.

“It’s a real thrill to pull on an international jersey in a competitive fixture.”

Delighted mum Helen added: “The whole family, including his cousins in Ireland, are all very proud of him.”

Gaelic football has its origins in Ireland, where the sport is just as popular as football in Scotland.

Every player is amateur and each season in Ireland culminates with the inter-county All-Ireland GAA final at Croke Park, Dublin in front of a sell-out crowd of more than 80,000.

Liam’s cousin Ronan plays for the Gweedore team and the county of Donegal’s reserve side – and one of Liam’s big aims in the sport is to follow in the family footsteps.

Liam said: “One of my ambitions is to play for the Donegal county team and I’d love to play at Croke Park one day as well.

“I’m proud of my Irish heritage and go across to Donegal to see family about three or four times a year.

“There’s so many different cultures in Scotland and there’s so many people in Scotland who have an Irish background – Gaelic football is a great way of expressing that.

“But there are also two people who play in our team who are not from an Irish background, one of whom is Muslim and he really enjoys the sport.”