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Wednesday 15 August 2018

I forgot about my cancer as I watched my team win, says terminally ill dad

A Dublin dad who has terminal cancer said he totally forgot about his health problems while attending the game.

True blue fan Peter Murphy was set to watch the historic All-Ireland clash at home until an anonymous donor offered him two tickets after the Herald highlighted his plight.

The 64-year-old, who is originally from Ringsend and who now lives in Clondalkin, took his 33-year-old daughter Sinead.

"When you're watching a game like that, you get carried away and you forget about everything else," he told the Herald.

"It was really a major boost for me to be able to go one last All-Ireland final and the icing on the cake was to see Dublin win.

"I'm really glad I didn't miss it and I'm very grateful to the person who donated the tickets", he added.

Peter hadn't missed a final since the '60s but he was forced to give up on his passion when he was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus last year, which then spread to his liver.

He is now on his second round of chemotherapy and was told he only has months to live, but this didn't keep the father-of-three from enjoying the All-Ireland Football final.

"I have steroids at the moment which are helping me, so I was fine on the day," he explained.

"It was just so exciting to be there, the atmosphere was electric and I was going through all possible emotions in the last 15 minutes of the game.

"Now I'd love to watch the homecoming but I don't think I will be able to because I really need to take it easy.

"I'm really tired but it was worth it," he added.

-- ADELINA CAMPOS

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