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"

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Family Reunion - Important Information

This post is also on "The Murphy Family Reunion" events page from Catherin Hegarty.
"Less than a year to the Family Reunion and we've just 9 months to go! Saturday 28th May 2015.
Have you contacted Catherine Morris about payments?
For accommoation  have you contact Mary Toal at Tichullian?  +44 2830 888 828
or Ethna Ryan B&B (contact Cathy for all accommodation problems) 

Lots to do while you're there in Mullaghbawn - check out activities on the Tichullian.
Also keep on eye on Facebook abd the family blog."
Apart from our roots & being in the most beautiful place on earth that being Mullaghbawn. For those who can make the reunion your stay will be full of history, music, laughter, dance errr a pint or 3.
You'll be walking the lanes big da n his children walked. As soon as you arrive there's a sense of belonging and the warmest of welcomes. We will have mass at St Mary's a beautiful church in the heart of Mullaghbawn.
Free yourselves of ipads, laptops, ps3 for the duration of you stay. There's so much to do for you & your families if you want it. visit Ti Chulainn website they have so much goin on there & up the mountain plus there's golf, horses, walks, spa, swing park, fishing, crafts or just relax soak it all in. Ok enough for you to take in for now luv the reunion gang x"

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Languanges No Barrier at Seb's Graduation!

Proud parents Dan and Pat Murphy flank their son Sebastian who has graduated from Newcastle University, obaining a B.A. Hons (2-1) in French and German. Sadly Geordie was not on the syllabus!
Seb is off to India next week where he'll be teaching English for several months.
Congratulations Sebastian!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Last Kiss

This photo was taken by Rita's sister Susan at 6pm 1st July, as brother Michael and wife Rosy were saying their goodbyes for the evening. By the next morning Rita had slipped into a coma, and sadly left us. 
There's a lovely smile on Rita's face as she kisses Michael goodbye for what was to be the very last time. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

In Loving Memory

Rita Mary Cunningham (née Murphy)
8th January 1947 ~ 2nd July 2015
Holy Mary Mother of God pray for her!

Let nothing disturb you,
let nothing frighten you,
all things are passing:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things,
whoever has God lacks nothing;
God Alone Suffices

- St. Teresa of Avila