By Damian Dolan
The London senior county football team now has even more in common with their Roscommon counterparts than just the mere footnote that manager Paul Coggins is a native of the county.
Last week, Castlerea businessman and lifelong Roscommon GAA supporter John Murphy pledged an undisclosed sum to the London County Board to assist its footballers, and Murphy has indicated that his support may not end there.
Murphy, however, is also the sponsor of the Roscommon senior football team. Their jerseys currently bear the name Hospice, with reference to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation that Murphy is chairman of.
A voluntary funded organisation, Hospice provides free specialist palliative care from its head office in Knock. Employing nurses, doctors and social workers, it delivers a seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, service.
Having sold his hardware builders suppliers business (John Murphy Castlerea Ltd) in 2005 – a business he started in 1991 at the age of 38 – Murphy and his wide Lily became the main sponsors of the Roscommon senior team in 2012.
While Murphy is still involved in two businesses – one in Ireland and one in England – he and Lily preferred to use their sponsorship of the Roscommon team to help raise awareness of the work being done by Hospice.
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