ALL good things come to an end.
That’s was the feeling in Éire Óg yesterday evening as it was confirmed that their manager Joe Murphy was stepping down from his position after a hugely successful spell.
During his time in charge, Murphy led his club to four Carlow titles in a row and they enjoyed some great days in Leinster too. Éire Óg reached a Leinster semi-final in 2018 and then the following year, after some brilliant wins over Sarsfields and Portlaoise, were just seconds away from winning a Leinster title until Ballyboden St Endas snatched that victory away from. Whether Éire Óg would have gone one step further and lifted that Leinster title in 2020 had Covid not struck is something we’ll never know.
Murphy and Éire Óg did eventually add their fourth successive title when the 2020 Carlow final was played in the summer of 2021 but just a few months later they were denied a five-in-a-row when Rathvilly came back and got their revenge.
Murphy leaves behind some great memories but the focus for Éire Óg quickly turns to who can fill the big shoes that have been vacated. After sincerely thanking their outgoing manager the club began their search for a new manager on their social media pages.
The executive of @Eireogcarlow would like to invite applications / expressions of interest for our vacant Senior team manager role. Please forward your interest to Chairman James O'Byrne @ [email protected] by 5pm Thursday 16th December. #molanoige
— Éire Óg CLG Carlow (@Eireogcarlow) December 14, 2021