Sunday 19 August 2018

Cancer grandfather Peter's 'last chance' to see Dubs win Sam

A DUBLIN dad with terminal cancer wants to see his team lift the Sam Maguire one more time on Sunday.

A year ago, true blue fan Peter Murphy was diagnosed with a cancer of the oesophagus which has since spread to his liver.

He was told that he only months to live but has dumbfounded doctors with his will to live. And now the 64-year-old hopes to watch Dublin win the All-Ireland football final in Croke Park one last time.

"I played football for Clanna Gael for a while when I was younger and I've never missed a final since the 60s," Peter told the Herald.

"So this is my last chance to see Dublin win in Croke Park."

The dad-of-three revealed that his condition had prevented him from enjoying GAA as much as he wanted to so he now pinned all his hopes on the final. "I was diagnosed in 2010 on the week of the All-Ireland semi final when Dublin was playing Cork," Peter said.

"I had to give my ticket away because I was in hospital.

"My oncologist encourages me to go and live life to the full, so that's what I'm trying to do."

Despite his advanced condition, Peter, who is originally from Ringsend but now lives in Clondalkin, said that he remained optimistic.

"It was a big shock when I was diagnosed because I never had taken a day off work sick in 10 years. I don't drink or smoke and have always remained active so I was taken aback. "I'm doing fairly well and I want to enjoy myself as much as possible."

"It's the same with GAA," he added. "Even when Dublin went through a rough patch, when we were up for the play offs all the time, I was still there supporting them."

"You can't give up," he added.

Peter, who is now on his second round of chemotherapy, told the Herald that if he couldn't get tickets for the Dublin game on Sunday in Croke Park, he would watch it at home with his wife Mary.

"We're all big fans of GAA, especially my children Peter (39), Aisling (36) and Sinead (33), so it will be a family event in any case," he said.

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