June 12, 2009
A great hurler and sportsman, dedicated psychiatric nurse and above all, a wonderful husband and father has passed away. Mick Brophy of Derdimus, Kilkenny was at midfield in the 1957 All-Ireland hurling final and played a pivotal role in defeating Waterford at Croke Park, ending a 10 year famine for the county without the Liam McCarthy Cup.
He was a stylish player and later he became a great golfer, displaying the same skill on the golf course as he did on the pitch.
Mick Brophy started his hurling career with St John's but it was with Danesfort that he did most of his hurling. Even in retirement he hardly ever missed a game for club or county.
Above all Mick Brophy was a family man and he dearly loved all his children and this was very much reciprocated.
He was an excellent golfer and won the captain's prize at Kilkenny Golf Club in 2002 and was senior golfer of the year at the club in 2005.
He loved horse racing and was a keen gardener, providing his family with potatoes, carrots and other vegetables. The 75-year old who was diagnosed with the extremely rare protein deficiency disease Amyloidosis in 2006 and passed away 13 week age after a brave battle.
He will be remembered as a caring nurse in St Canice's Hospital and as a man with a great sense of humour who loved people and life. Above all it is as a family man he will be best remembered by those who were close to him.
His funeral Mass was at St Patrick's Church, Kilkenny with Fr Roderick Whearty as the main celebrant and he was buried afterwards in Foulkstown.
He is survived by his heartbroken wife Kathleen and children, Niall, Aileen, Siobhan, Angela and Michelle; brother Tommy; sisters Mrs Leisha Tobin, Mrs Maisie Condon and Mrs Alice Leahy; sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
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