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The 112-cap international is a legend of Irish rugby and one of the greatest ever scrum-half’s to wear the famous green jersey.
With three Lions tours, two URC titles and four Six Nations titles, including two Grand Slams, Conor Murray is one of the most decorated and successful players of his generation and, now at the age of 34, a player who has performed consistently at the very top level of the game for longer than most.
In this article we delve deep into the Munster-man’s background, dating back to his birth on the 20th of April 1989 in Limerick, who were the people who made Conor Murray who he is today?
Who are Conor Murray’s parents?
Rather predictably, long before Conor burst onto the scene in Irish rugby, his parents were both well-known figures in Irish sport in their own right, one dedicated to cycling and the other to squash.
Conor’s father forged his career as a moto race marshal and became known as a popular figure in Irish cycling, even competing in the annual Rás Tailteann cycling race and serving as a cameraman during the Tour de France.
Gerry was involved in a tragic accident earlier this year, colliding with a truck while out on his bike near Patrickswell. Conor made the tough decision to remain in Ireland’s Six Nations camp prior to their fixture versus France after the crash, when Gerry was put into an induced coma to repair his brain trauma. Luckily, Gerry made a full recovery and travelled to France to support his son during the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Conor’s mother, Barbara, played squash for Ireland and continued to compete while Conor was travelling around the world himself, wearing the green jersey.
Known to be very competitive, Barbara is also a keen golfer and was famously involved in a bitter rivalry for the number-one in Ireland ranking in the women’s over-55s division.
Who are Conor Murray’s siblings?
Conor has two sisters, Aisling and Sarah, who choose to live private lives and little is known about.
Who is Conor Murrays’ grandad?
Forming a strong and powerful link with Limerick that goes back generations, Conor’s grandad was also a Munster fan favourite for many years.
Con (Conor) Roche played for many years for Munster and Conor Murrays’ local club, Garryowen.
The backrower who tip-toed on the edge of Ireland selection but never made the cut won the Munster Senior Cup in 1947 and was part of the Munster team that almost beat Australia at Musgrave Park a year later.
Con sadly passed away, aged 88, in 2012 but thankfully was able to proudly watch his grandson wear the famous red and green jerseys of Munster and Ireland, that he loved so much.
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