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, April 16, 2014

150 Years Anniversary of Church Services for Deaf People is Celebrated

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ellen Murphy Sings at Glastonury and Reaches the Finals!

The Link below is to John's daughter, Ellen Murphy on the Glastonbury website (Only Girl). She got to the last 8 out of 6000 entrants in the Emerging Talent Competition and although she didn't win, all 8 finalists will be playing there this year on the Avalon stage!

... but this one is her dad's favourite on youtube:

Well done Ellen and Good Luck!

Monday, December 02, 2013

A Big Thank You To All for The Flowers

Susan Murphy sent this message:
The flowers with cards were brought to the church on the day of mum's funeral. The Craib family flowers had been sent to the funeral home on Tuesday and arrived with mum on Tuesday evening. We would like to thank everyone for their flowers. They were all taken to Park House,Haigh Road in Waterloo were they were laid in front of various statues and on the altar in the very beautiful Chapel by the sisters We would liked to thank them all.
God Bless.

Access to Funeral and Family Photos

This email arrived for Brigitta from the photography company. The instructions are self-explanatory.
I've just been to the site and you can view all 113 images - click on an individual picture to enlarge, then click next, to scroll through them all. To obtain copies of the prints, add them to your basket, and order them via the website.
username is  murphy (lowercase) 
Password is LEM061113 (first 3 letters upper case, rest are numbers)
Hi Brigitta,
I hope you are well and having a good weekend so far? I just wanted to let you know that the images from the funeral are online ready for you to view and pass on the details to your family and friends who may wish to look at them. I will speak to you next week when you have had a chance to look over all the images to see if you would like me to look at producing you an album of images from the funeral or anything else you may have in mind? It may take me a few weeks to get your video edited and ready to mail out to you and in the meantime you can let me know if you want any extra copies creating of the DVD?Below are the details you will need to access the gallery of images including passwords and username. These details can be copied and forwarded to your family for them to access the images online. I do hope you like the images and look forward to speaking to you soon.
Click on the link below to take you to our website
 Then click on the "Clients" tab at the left of the page.
 You will then see the Gallery for your event and when you click on the event image you will be asked for a username & password.
 Username: murphy  (all lowercase)
Password: LEM061113  (First three letters are uppercase followed by six numbers)
Finally when you press the "login" button you will be able to access all 113 images from the event and if you wish to do so you can order prints directly online. If you have any problems or questions then please get in touch by phone or e-mail.
Kind Regards

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

More Tributes for Laura

From Kitty Cannon - Family
Dear Murphy Family
 What a great tribute to Auntie Laura at her Requiem Mass and later at the reception.  The wonderful testimony to her own faith, and the faith she passed on to her own children, but  it was great to hear her grandchildren's memories of her prayer life.  
Holy Mass will be offer for Auntie Laura and her family by Fr Bheki Shabalala, Durban, South Africa.
"They whom we love and lose are no longer where they where before.  They are now wherever we are."  (St John Chrysostom)
Kitty Cannon
From Michael Jude Murphy - Loughborough/Armagh
Hello, Cormac. Spoke to Jo today and then checked my emails. Very sorry to hear of your mother's sad passing. We shall have a Mass said for her and we shall pray for her although I am sure she doesn't need it. She was a wonderful woman in this life and I am sure she is a saint in the next. God bless you all.
Michael, Anne and family.
From Catherine (Cannon) Morris - Enniskillen - Family
Dear Cormac & all the Murphy clan,
We are very sorry to hear about your dear mum ‘aunt Laura’.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family at this sad time. What a life to remember and celebrate, it’s nice she’s going back to Liverpool. A real defining moment as that’s our last linkage with all our loved ones (mums, dads, aunts, uncles) from the previous generation.
We will remember Aunt Laura and all the family at Holy Mass tomorrow morning.  "Only those who fly home to God have flown at all" - Patrick Kavanagh 
Lots of love & God Bless from all in Enniskillen,

Marie, Des & Catherine and Kitty, Robbie & all the Cannon family in Liverpool 
From Dermot Hearty - Friend of the family

Only just picked up your hotmail email, so sorry to hear your news, your mum was an amazing woman, always a privelige to be in her company.
Please pass on our condolences to all of the family.
Look forward to seeing you in happier times,
Dermot, Lou & family

Friday, November 01, 2013

Pictures of Laura Murphy

This is a Dropbox Link.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pictures from the Life of Laura Murphy

Cis Murphy, Stas Gomez, Laura
 Eamonn Andrews Show 1966
 At brother Frank's 80th in Southport
 Laura and brother Frank
 Youngest is Susan
 Youngest is yawning Cormac
 A young Laura
 A young Laura and Mikey
 A relaxed Laura (the kids must be in bed!)
 Laura (right) with beloved sister Cecilia 
 Jane Murphy, Rita, Mum and the Cannon girls Kitty and Marie
 Laura at a Grandson's wedding
 Michael and Mum
 Susan with mum at Stas' Wedding Reception
 Susanm Mary, Mum and Laura
 Mary and 2 Lauras!
Mum at Frank Cannon's Funeral

Michael and Laura

On Tuesday 29 October, at the age of 96, and in the bosom of her family, Laura Ellen Gomez Murphy passed peacefully into the arms of Our Lord, Our Saviour.
Wife of Michael Edward Francis Murphy, who departed this life on 2 October 1998;
beloved mother to Cecilia, Mary, Michael, Francis, Laura, James, Rita, Susan, Eamon, Cormac, Patrick, Daniel, Eugene, Therese, John; grandmother to 62, great-grandmother to 47; daughter of Ellen Evans and Anastasio Gomez, and sister to Evan, Francis and Cecilia; formerly of St Mary's Parish, Highfield Street, Liverpool and St Monica's parish, Bootle. Requiescat in Pace.
Funeral service and Requiem Mass at St James RC Church, Bootle on 6th November 2013, 11:30am followed by interment at Ford Cemetery .

Funeral Details for Laura Murphy

The funeral of Laura Murphy will take place on Wednesday 6th November 2013.
A Requiem Mass will be said at 11:30am at:
St James RC Church
Chestnut Grove
Marsh Lane
L20 4LX
Followed by interment at Ford Cemetery, Sterrix Lane, Ford, Merseyside, L21 0DD

If anybody would like to see Laura, she will be laid out in the viewing parlour at Thompson's (part of Coyne's group), 274 Bedford Rd, Bootle, L20 9NE, Tel: 0151 933 0202 or 0233 from Monday afternoon till Tuesday about 6pm when she will be transported to St James.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tributes and Messages for Laura Murphy

I will publish messages from family and friends as they come in - please forward any that you want adding

(From Damien McKay family - who recently lost his father Paul)
Hi cormac
I've just heard the sad news of the passing of our dear Aunty Laura, a true lady who will never be forgotten 
My thoughts and prayers are with you
All at this incredibly sad time. I also pass on the thoughts and prayers of my mum, who asked me to let you know she is thinking about you all. 

God bless


(from Ann Bradshaw - friend)
Dear Cormac....I'm so sorry to hear that your lovely mum has died...I wish I was there to hold you. I won't insult you with platitudes. ..yes, she did have a long life...but now she is not with you any more, and you are very sad. Embrace your sadness....she was very special to you.....and a wonderful mother to you all . Please accept my sincere condolences and pass them on to the family. 
I did have the pleasure of meeting her once...and was struck by how this small lady commanded so much respect from her huge sons , and how you all transformed into extremely well behaved boys when she was around! What an achievement!
(from Brian and Una Dolan - Crosby - Friends of the family)
So sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved mother, please pass on our condolences to the rest of the family. Keep us informed of the date and time of the funeral. 
God bless you all, Brian and Una.
(From Graham and Irene Shaw - Friend of Family)
God bless her Cormac
May she rest in Peace
(From Michael Purcell - family)
Hia Cormac, I was so sorry to here of your mother’s passing. What a great lady she was and what  a great age she lived to. I’m sorry I never knew her better but alas, families are so widespread.  It’s the end of an era when a parent leaves us, with our happy memories. Those memories  seem like they were only yesterday when in fact, decades may have passed.Please pass on our sincere condolences to all your family Cormac, from John, Joan, Joseph, me and all the  Purcells in Manchester. We’ll  say a prayer tonight for your Mam…………. our Auntie Laura. God bless her,Michael
(From Paul Casson - Dallas -  friend of the family)
Hey Mate,
Please take care. Nothing affects you like the passing of a parent, especially a mother.  There is something deeply saddening in the loss that sears the soul, and which can last for some time.
My deepest sympathy to you and all the family. You are still remarkably close which is a great part of her legacy. 
I will certainly raise a glass to her this weekend, maybe several. 
Too much bloody sadness this year. Its been a remarkable year on the whole, but all this death stuff is bollocks. I'm just about coming out of the funk over my Dad, so trust me, you will feel a deep sadness for some time. Its natural I suppose, so deep a wound requires healing.
Just look after yourself and the family, we need to be celebrating many more new years and reunions.
In my thoughts
(From Anne Norris-Hegarty - family)
Hi Cormac
Thank you for letting us know the arrangements.
A sad time for you all, how lovely to bring Auntie Laura home and to celebrate the life of a remarkable Lady.
Lots of love
The Hegarty 's 
(From Tom White - friend of family)
Hi Cormac,
Please accept my sincere condolences to you and all the family. It was very sad to hear and read of your mum's death. She lived a long and fascinating lige and leaves a huge legacy in so many ways. How fitting, too, that she is to be buried in Bootle. Do let me know of the funeral details and I will do my best to attend the requiem.
All the very best,
(From John King - friend of family)
Sorry to hear the news about your mam. It was good to hear that so many of the family were around.
All the best,
(From Bren Ruane - friend of family)
Hi Cormac,
Sorry to hear about your mother, it's good that she had the family with her.
Let us know about the funeral details,
(From Pat Talbot -  Loughborough- friend of the family)
Cormac,   So sorry to hear the news - I know that she hadn't been well recently - she must have been a great lady living until she was that age and raising so many children - I've only met a few of them, but all seem to be fine people - you should be proud of her.  You will no doubt miss her, but she is now probably in a much better place.  Call me if you feel like talking to someone.  My thoughts are with you.  Have a great celebration of her life with the rest of the family!! ------------------------------------------------------------
(from Michael O'Hanlon - family)
Hello Cormac
 Please pass our condolences on to all of Auntie Laura's Family and friends.
 I was praying for all of the Family at the Murphy/O'Hanlon pew in the Blessed Sacrament Shrine in Liverpool only last week.
 I'll pass the sad news on to Terry -he's away at the moment.
 Michael,Evelyn.Patrick.Anna.Amy and Niamh O Hanlon
(from Jerry Breen - Cork City - friend)
Sorry to hear that Cormac. At least you Saw her lately and she seems to have had a great, long and fulfilled life surrounded by her family.
When you are over agin we will lift a glass in her honour.
All the best
(from Connor Carmichael - Belfast - friend)
Alright Cormac, Sorry to hear about your mother. She had some long life all the same.
Can you send me her full name please? I want to get her a mass card. Like you said she didn't use glasses..she drank straight from the bottle.
(from Margaret Kelly -  Originally Bootle - friend of family)
Hi CormacI’m so sorry to hear the news. Condolences to you and your lovely family at this sad time.I’m home on 8 November and on a course Friday night and that weekend in Manchester. I am sure you will be busy with your family, but if you or Therese are around and fancy a drink/cup of tea and catchup during Friday day time or Monday, I’d love to see you both.My mobile is 07578861806, totally understand that you’ll have a lot on with the funeral and family so don’t expect to see you. If you’re anywhere Notts on your travels  though, it’d be great to see you. Give my love to Therese.Love Margie.x 
(From Jane (Cameron) Murphy - Skye -  daughter-in-law)
Dear Cormac and Family,I am so very sad of the loss of your mother [Muds]. She was the best mother- in-law that I could ever have wished for so therefore I feel very lucky and privileged to be part of her family.I also feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity, recently, to help and spend valuable time with her, in the same way that she had helped me some years ago.It is comforting to know that your Mother is now on her way ‘Home’, especially in the knowledge that she is now at Peace.My mother Audrey and my sisters Anne and Clare also send their condolences.Love to you all.
(From Alan Duncan - Loughborough -  friend)
Dear Cormac
 I have just heard the sad news of the loss of your mum. Please accept Irene and my deepest condolences at this difficult time.
(From Ron Ford -  Loughborough - Friend) Sorry to hear about your mam mate.. Hope she went peacefully. Anything I can do, just call. Thinking of you
(From Andrew Yorke - Loughborough - Friend)
HI Mate, Just heard the sad news about your mum. Ny thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless,
(From John Morgan - Swansea - Friend)
Hi Cormac,
so sorry to hear of your sad loss. Your Mum sounds to have been a great Lassie to have reared such a fine family and lived to such an age. A real and proper " Irish" family who will miss her greatly.
Marion and I offer our sincere condolences to you and family. My own Mother will be 94 next April but only reared myself and Sandra my sister. A typical Welsh family in numbers,although as I had 
told you, my dad was a Murphy on his Mothers side.
I fly out on Sunday until the 26th so we'll meet up at some stage.
Best regards
(from Maureen (Herlihy) Brennan - Family)
Hi Cormac,
On behalf of all the Herlihy's , please accept our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies for your lovely mum, our dear Auntie Laura.  Losing a mother is so hard , we all still miss our mum- it doesn't matter how long ago it was, or how old they were, Mums are the anchor in all families.  You have been blest with a great family of brothers and sisters, (not forgetting all your extended family members!)  and that is truly a wonderful legacy to your Mum and Dad, (Uncle Mikey- so kind to us Herlihy's when we moved over here, invaluable help to our mum.)  I shall be at the funeral and the cemetery on Wednesday but I'll have to go back to work afterwards .  If I don't get chance to speak to  you or any of the family on the day, please remember we will be thinking of you all and you will be in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
God Bless Cormac and may your mum rest in peace and be safe in the arms of Jesus.
All my love,
Mo   (On behalf of the Herlihys )
(From Matt D'Arcy - Former St Mary's OB, Bootle Times, Liverpool Echo Reporter - Portugal - Friend
Matt covered stories about the family in the 60's )
Dear Cormac,
I'm so sorry to hear of your mothers's passing. I didn't know until I saw your e-mail and having been in this position myself I know how devastated you must feel. It's a crushing blow for anyone to lose their mum, even when she has reached the very good age of your mother, because there really is a special bond.
At least you have the comfort of knowing you were able to spend some time with her so recently.
You also have the comfort of knowing she was surrounded by so many people who loved her, and who were loved by her. And I am sure it will be of considerable comfort, too, that so many of you will gather to say your goodbyes when you take her home and lay her to rest on Wednesday.
I did look through your family blog which is quite amazing and your mother must have been a very proud woman as she saw her family grow in such a way. It's a rich man indeed who can surround himself with the love and kinship of so many family members.
You and your family are in our prayers and will be on Wednesday.

With respect and regards,Matt, Pam, Samantha, Matt Jnr and family.
(From James Herlihy - California - Family
Dear Cormac:
My sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother. Aunt Laura was a dear friend of my Mother over the years.
I was touched when I opened the Dropbox file to see the second photo of your young parents waltzing next to a fence, in a field, probably Mullaghbawn. But a ray of sunshine amidst the sadness was to see my own Mother as a young girl - perhaps 20 year old- she was the same age as your Mother, dancing with another Aunt. Never saw this photo before and I shared it with my sibs. 
I don't know if my original comment posted to the blog Comment page what with Google verifications, passwords etc, but I wanted you to know that we are thinking of Aunt Laura here in California. She will be remembered - tomorrow morning, 9.30am Mass, St. Teresa of Avila Church, Bodega, California. Look it up. 
Que mi Tia Laura descanse en la La Paz de Dios .
(From Sarah Cannon - Italy - Family)
Hi Cormac & Co,
So very sad to hear of your beloved mums death. I met her at my dads(Frank Cannon) funeral some time ago and spent some time talking to her. She asked me where I was from and when I replied 'Liverpool' she was thrilled to tell me that she too was from Liverpool! that story always makes me laugh as it was as if we were in' Timbuck2' when infact we were in Halewood and the place was full of scousers!!! 
Please pass on our condolances to all your family you are in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless
Sarah Cannon (Ambrosiani family Sauze d'Oulx Italy)

Latest News - Laura Murphy

From my brother John ...

Dear All
We trust you will have all heard by now that our dearest dearest Mum passed away peacefully in her sleep at 1.47pm GMT 
29th October 2013 with her children round her at 83 Kingsgate, Aberdeen.
The expectation is the funeral service will be at St Monica's Roman Catholic Church, Fernhill Road, Bootle, Merseyside L20 9GA and the internment at Ford Cemetery, Sterrix Lane, Ford, Merseyside, L21 0DD date to be decided but should be some time in the week beginning 4th November 2013. As soon as we know the date I will of course let you all know.

Laura Murphy Passes Away. May She Rest In Peace

Mrs. Laura Gomez Murphy passed away on the 29th October 2013 in  Aberdeen. She was with close family at the time. Details of funeral willl follow. May she Rest In Peace.