Wednesday 13 December 2017

Divided family loyalties as true blue Breda sticks to her guns

Kerry football fan Denny Murphy battles with his Dublin born wife Breda as they look forward to the All Irealnd final
Kerry football fan Denny Murphy battles with his Dublin born wife Breda as they look forward to the All Irealnd final

THEIRS is a match made in heaven - except on Sunday when hostilities resume and neither crosses enemy lines.

Ask anyone in Killarney who Breda Murphy supports and you'll be told she's a true blue Dub to the core and there's nothing going to turn her at this stage, not even her husband Denny - and despite her living in Kerry since 1984.

Denny on the other hand will be supporting the green and gold of Kerry. He lined out with his county at Under-21 level, winning an All-Ireland against Dublin in 1975.

He's not for turning either, not even with his cousin's son playing on the Dublin team.

He just likes to remind his wife, constantly, about the Kerry lineage of her Dublin heroes.

Apart from the Brogan brothers - whose mother hails from Listowel - Denny's cousin is Brian Fenton, the youngest member of the Dublin senior football panel, whose father Brian is from Spa.

But Breda also has family links to the Dublin squad. Her nephew is Cormac Costello, who she'll be loudly supporting on Sunday in Croke Park.

Breda's brother is John Costello, chief executive of the Dublin County Board.

"It's what you grew up with really," Breda told the Herald.

"Whatever team you support when you're growing up is the one you stick with because that's where your roots are.

"I grew up in Finglas, played camogie with Erin's Isle and I'd be known for sticking to my colours.


"Dublin and Kerry is part of our family and it's who we are. I've a huge interest in Kerry football, but not in supporting it. No. I'll stick to my own colours and my flag," she says.

But unlike their mother, the couple's three daughters - Sarah, Rachel and Fiona - will be supporting Kerry, and are also proud of their cousin Cormac.

Teacher Breda has been making little green-and-gold men with her pupils in Faha National School. Sarah and Fiona, who are also teachers, have been doing the same with their pupils in Castleknock and Swords, only the decorations they're making are navy and blue.

Breda is convinced it will be the narrowest of victories for the Dubs, but Denny feels they'll have another day.

"I just think it could be a draw. They'll both be going out to attack," he said.

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