MICHAEL MURPHY has revealed ahead of Donegal’s Ulster SFC clash with neighbours Tyrone that the pain of last year’s All-Ireland Final defeat to Kerry will never leave him.Michael Murphy has admitted the pain of last years All-Ireland Final defeat will never leave him.Donegal were narrowly defeated by the Kingdom and it was a game Murphy feels they were capable of winning but didn’t match the intensity levels they had reached in their epic win over Dublin in the semi-finals.However, Murphy believes the pain of that defeat is driving everyone of the squad on to make amends this year. Murphy told The Irish Sun, “I’m sure every team uses past defeats as an extra incentive.“For us, it’s a bit more of a motivation and you would be lying to think that the hurt of last year’s final – even though it’s come and gone – is not going to be there.“It’s always going to be there and you will always have it.“The positives from last year isn’t going to cut it. You need to build on them and add in something new and different. Murphy can’t wait for Sunday’s clash and says the Ulster Championship is a prestigious and special competition in which the team put a lot of emphasis on.Murphy said, “We put a lot of emphasis on Ulster and look at it as a very prestigious competition. To get any win in that is a big one.“They are all huge games and I’d say this Tyrone one will be no different.“They are a formidable side and they are going to come in off the back of their own last league game and they might feel they have something to prove.“As a player it’s where you want to be, playing in a game with the stakes this high in front of a packed house, it’s a serious test and that’s what you want. Hopefully come Sunday, Murphy and Donegal will be celebrating their fifteenth win in Ulster since 2011.ULSTER SFC COUNTDOWN: MURPHY – “PAIN OF ALL-IRELAND FINAL DEFEAT WILL NEVER LEAVE ME” was last modified: May 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAAMichael MurphynewsSportTyroneUlster SFC
A celebration of Vancouver’s role in an aviation milestone has been put on hold for a couple of months.A Russian delegation, including two daughters of Soviet pilot Valery Chkalov, was scheduled to visit Vancouver this weekend to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Transpolar Flight Monument.However, some members of the group were unable to obtain visas in time. Jess Frost, one of the organizers of the commemoration, said the Russians will try to reschedule their visit for August or September.Other international events also seemed to be complicating the weekend, said Frost, co-chairman of the Chkalov Cultural Exchange Committee.Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is preparing to visit the United States, and some of the Russian officials and dignitaries expected to be part of the delegation to Vancouver are changing their travel plans.“The Russian consulate in Seattle is closing up shop,” Frost said, “and going to San Francisco,” where Medvedev is expected to visit Silicon Valley.The hallmark event was scheduled to be a ceremony Sunday afternoon at the Transpolar Flight Monument on the Pearson Air Museum grounds.The weeklong tour was to include a visit in Olympia with Sam Reed, Washington’s secretary of state, to discuss a joint planning committee for the 75th anniversary of the flight in 2012.