Six-time All-Ireland winner Paul Flynn, who confirmed his retirement from inter-county football yesterday, says that living with Michael Murphy was a ‘turning point’ in his career.
Dublin ace Flynn (32) announced yesterday that he has called time on his county career.
While the two were students in DCU, Flynn and Murphy lived together, along with Cork player Aidan Walsh.
Flynn won six All-Irelands, ten Leinster Championships and four All-Stars during a glittering time with the Dubs.
“Playing club football I would have considered myself a good kicker,” Flynn told OTB AM this morning.
“When I was in DCU interestingly, I lived with Michael Murphy for four years.
“I really do feel that it was a turning point.”
The Fingallions man was appointed chief executive of the Gaelic Players Association last summer.
He recalls how his basics in the art of kicking were honed with Murphy’s assistance.
He said: “We learned a lot from one another I’d say, but we used to go out and spend our spare time between lectures and stuff out kicking.
“He was one of the best ball-strikers from the minute he came onto the scene as a 17-year-old for Donegal.
“Composure was a big thing for me. I might work at 100mph to get the ball, and then I wouldn’t bring myself back to 85mph to get a good execution.
“So that was a big learning curve for me.”