There was a queue outside as Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure opened its doors in Letterkenny for the first time in Friday morning.
The Donegal captain is joined by county and Glenswilly teammate Neil Gallagher, who is a director of the venture and will continue his employment with Donegal County Council.
Murphy and Gallagher are part of Jim McGuinness’s panel who defeated Armagh 1-12 to 1-11 last Saturday in the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park.
Donegal are now preparing for the All-Ireland semi-final against the current holders of the Sam Maguire, Dublin, on Sunday August 31.
“The Dublin game is really at the forefront of our minds and that’s what the focus is right now,” Murphy said.
The state-of-the-art store offers a wide range of leading brands across almost 7,000 squared feet of retail space.
It has a broad spectrum. As well as the usual sports and leisure gear, there is a dedicated team room.
The shop also features the largest trophy centre in the north-west with an extensive trophy and medal selection and an engraving service for schools, clubs and all sporting organisations
A custom-built golf section includes the north-west’s only golf simulator, giving customers access to cutting-edge technology to help improve their game. There will also be an in-house professional offering tips and lessons.
The golf offering includes Callaway, Ping, Taylormade, Titleist, Under Armour, Cobra, Footjoy, Clevland and Srixon.
“We have to thank the great staff for the work they have done to get the shop ready in time,” Gallagher added.
“I’ll be here to work the evenings and weekends.”
All the leading sports brands will be available in-store including O’Neills, Nike, Adidas, Asics, Puma, Mizuno and Canterbury.
“People probably know us from the GAA front but here we’re trying to cover all sports across the board. We’re only learning in terms of the business and we’ve a great staff about us.
“We’ll be striving to continue to learn about every facet of the industry to learn the ins and outs.
“But we’ll get there slowly but surely. This is an idea we’ve had for about six months or so and have been working behind the scenes on since then.”
Crowds flocked into the premises on the Station Roundabout once Murphy opened the doors shortly after 10am on Friday.
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