Murphys of Mullaghbawn

Michael Murphy left Mullaghbawn in South Armagh for Liverpool at the start of the 20th century. It was here he married Mary Pender. This is the story of their nine daughters and one son, their children and grandchildren. "Cead Mille Failte"

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Two Murphy Sisters on enjoying their Holiday 1973

A picture of Laura (left) and Rita Murphy enjoying a glass of wine in Marbella 1973.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Patrick Herlihy Remembered at Westminster

Not many people may know this but Patrick Herlihy, (Uncle Paddy) husband to our dear Aunty Lily, participated in the Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino). 
The battle was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by Axis forces during theItalian Campain of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to RomeThe capture of Monte Cassino tolled some 55,000 Allied casualties, with German losses being far fewer, estimated at around 20,000 killed and wounded. 
Thankfully Paddy survived the campaign, and he is remembered today by his 6 children, Jimmy, Terry, Desmond, Maureen, Patrick & Eileen, and of course his grandchildren. 
His son Terry has arranged for a small wooden cross to be placed in the Field of Remembrance next to Westminster Abbey to honour their father's participation in this bloody battle for Cassino.
From the photographs  his cross states, "Patrick Herlihy 76th HAA, Royal Artillery".
HAA stands for "Heavy Anti-Aircraft".
This also puts paid to the myth that the Irish were neutral in WWII. Many served in both wars and many lost their lives for Great Britain.
Well done Uncle Paddy! Well remembered on this day!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ellen Murphy - Only Girl - Radio 2

Ellen Mckechnie​ (née Murphy) AKA Only Girl appeared on Dermot O´Leary's Radio 2 Show Saturday 17th October 2015.
Here's clip.

Well done Ellen!

Three James and a Cormac in Dublin 1995.

In October 1995, James Ronald Flynn, James Cormac Murphy & Cormac Patrick Murphy spent a long weekend in Dublin and Mullaghbane.
Here they are outside the Kylemore Café, propping up the statue of James Augustine Aloysius Joyce! Happy Times!

School Picture of Rita Duffy

Hi Everyone.
As many of you know, we have, for many years, been trying to find the whereabouts of our cousin Rita Duffy. Rita was the only child of Aunty Kitty and Matty Duffy. Here is an old school photo of St. Winefride's Infants' School in Bootle. Probably 1956 or 1957.
Rita is pictured in the back row, third from the right. I'm next row down, also third from the right.
If anyone has any information on Rita, please let us know.
Click on picture to enlarge.
God Bless,

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Did We Lose Family Members on a Famine Ship?

An interesting article in the Irish Times describes the heavy toll of the famine on Ulster.

Here is the introduction to the article:
The tragedy of a coffin ship which hit an iceberg and sank was recalled at the first National Famine Commemoration event to be held in Northern Ireland.Hannah left Warrenpoint in April 1849 with approximately 170 passengers and crew on board.She sank in the Gulf of St Lawrence on April 29th, 1849 with at least 49 deaths though the ship’s list was lost and nobody knows exactly how many people were on board.Most of those on board Hannah were from South Armagh.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys referenced the Murphy family from Mullaghbane who lost two of their children in the sinking and whose descendants still live in North Crosby, Ontario.The annual commemoration was held at Albert Basin, Newry. Nearby Warrenpoint was a major port of emigration during the famine years. Hannah sailed from there on April 4th.
If any of you historians and/or researchers out there, have any further information on the events in this article, particularly on the Murphys, we would love to hear from you!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Making Payments for Family Reunion

Catherine Morris is collecting the payments for the Murphy Family Reunion. Please use the following email when contacting her:


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Frank Cannon on a Youtube music video!

I was playing a music video by an Irish band called Skylark. The song they were playing was an old favourite of mine called "The Boys of Mullaghbawn."
While the music was playing, this amazing photo popped up!
It is Frank Cannon with his sons, from left to right, Gerard, Austin, Francis and Martin.
The photo looks like it was taken down the bog road near the river at Carrickledreen (Where big Da was born) as it shows the left side of Slieve Gullion.
We can verify this at the family reunion in May!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tom Pender-100 yrs U boat incident‏

This is a wonderful article from our family member Duncan Ashcroft who gives an insight into the Pender side of the family. Great photos!
The 19th August 1911 marks 100 years ago that my great Grandad Tom Pender survived being caught up by German U Boat 27 in the Irish Sea while returning from New Orleans as a fireman stoker on merchant vessel Nicosian. The ship was transporting hundreds of mules to Europe to be used by the Allies in the trenches.
Tom Pender you may recall has a big connection with the Murphy clan - he was brother to Mary Pender who married Michael Murphy (big Da) and brother to Robert who married Kate Murphy. “It's sobering to think my family’s very existence is owed to Tom surviving being cast adrift on a lifeboat while torpedo and artillery shells slammed all around and the Germans were wiped out by a disguised Royal Navy ship in an incident that caused an international diplomatic spat. 'The Baralong Incident' (look it up on Google/Wikipedia) has been described in a couple of books as a war crime unparalleled in the history of the Royal Navy. The books have the dramatic titles 'Slaughter at Sea - The Truth Behind a Naval War Crime' by Alan Coles and 'Outrage at Sea - Naval Atrocities in the First World War' by Tony Bridgland. But let's not forget the context of it being just a few months after The Lusitania had been sunk with the many hundreds of women and children killed, and many crew from Liverpool. In our family history, we knew Tom was involved in a horrific incident at sea during WW1, but speaking recently to my Father Wally and Auntie Sue they say that he never wanted to talk about it because he was 'sworn to secrecy'. He wasn't lying there! The merchant vessel Nicosian was re-named by the Government and the crew were meant to hand in their discharge record books. Tom didn't, and it's thanks to this maverick lack of action that I could trace the war ordeal he didn't wish to speak about. My gran Maggie Pender (Ashcroft) tried a number of times to get to the bottom of the story choosing moments when much drink had passed Tom's lips, but no matter how intoxicated, he always used the same deflection technique, quoting word perfectly every verse of Edgar Allan Poe's poem 'The Raven'.
So on Wednesday 19th August 2015 I too will have a drink and celebrate Tom's survival, and might try reading 'The Raven' too.

Thanks Duncan - a poweful article and makes us all proud of the Murphy/Pender Union.
God Bless.
 Book about the Baralong Incident
 Merchant vessel The Nicosian (from 'Slaughter at Sea' book
 Nicosian entry in Tom's mechant navy record book
 Tom with his mercantile marine medal for voyages through WW1 war zones
U-boat 27 which apprehended the Nicosian merchant ship and so ended it’s days sank by the Baralong.
 U-41 destroyed in a cloud of smoke (immediate top eft of Baralong ship) from 'Slaughter at Sea'
Young Tom's earlier merchant navy photo