Willie 'Long Puck' Murphy (1915–1977) played hurling and football with Ballincollig and was a member of the Cork senior-inter-county team from 1939 until 1949. He first tasted success in 1926 at the age of 11, winning his first county school shield medal with Ballincollig. At the age of 15, Murphy played junior hurling with the club. He later joined the senior team and played in three consecutive county finals in the 1940s without victory. Murphy continued playing local hurling until the mid-1950s. Murphy also played with the club's football team and was part of the first Ballincollig team to play Senior Championship in 1941.
Murphy had a three year stint with the Cork minor hurlers. Subsequently Murphy played at junior level for Cork before joining the senior side in the mid-1930s. In 1939, Murphy won his first Munster Championship with the senior hurlers playing at right half-back. Cork then faced up to Kilkenny in the famous “thunder and lightning final”, however, Murphy’s side lost by a point.
In 1940 and 1941, Murphy captured back-to-back National Hurling League titles with Cork. It was the beginning of a great era for Cork hurling. Later in 1941 Murphy won his very first All-Ireland medal I.n 1944, Cork were attempting to capture an unprecedented fourth All-Ireland title in-a-row. No team in the history of the championship had won more than three consecutive titles. The year got off to a good start when Cork defeated Limerick after a replay to win the Munster Championship. It was Murphy’s fourth Munster medal. Cork later had a huge victory over Dublin to win their fourth consecutive All-Ireland.
Another Munster title was captured by Cork in 1947, however, Murphy’s side lost out to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final. In 1948, he won another National League title and in 1949 Murphy played his last game for Cork. It was a Munster semi-final defeat by Tipperary.
Murphy also lined out in the blue and white of Munster for Railway Cup games. Between 1940 and 1948 he won seven medals in all, only failing in 1941 and 1947.
In retirement, Murphy maintained a keen interest in hurling. He was a selector in the 1960s and was a key member of the backroom team when Cork won the All-Ireland title in 1966. It was the county's first championship since 1954. Willie 'Long Puck' Murphy died in 1977. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Murphy )