Overpowering Feeling of Loss and Sadness at Gerard ‘Gerdie’ Murphy’s Sudden Passing

The Late Gerard ‘Gerdie’ Murphy pictured with his father Vincent in their iconic Killarney Road sports shop in Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy 3-6-2021

The sudden and unexpected passing of one of the Castleisland’s most loved characters, Gerard ‘Gerdie’ Murphy is the talk of the town today. 

Yet, there is a complete loss of words to adequately describe that flattening feeling, isolation and dark, deep sadness which accompanied the weight of the news early this morning.

With his father Vincent, Gerdie (60) managed the family owned and iconic Vincent Murphy Sports Shop on Castleisland’s Killarney Road.

The shop and the characters who managed it attracted business from all over Kerry and far beyond and it was legendary for the number of genuine sports-stars who darkened the door of the shop over the years.

Gerdie acted as an able spokesman and MC for almost everything that moved in the town over the years.

This was a generational thing which he inherited from Vincent.

Castleisland has seen many black dark days in its past and recent history and this is one of the darkest and saddest of them all.

There are no arrangements for Gerdie’s funeral yet. May God be good to him.

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