Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Murphy Family Reunion May 2016
Cathy Hegarty has been working tirelessly to chose a suitable venue for the Murphy Family Reunion 2016, and in the year of the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising in Dublin, she has selected Mullaghbawn - home of our forefathers,
Here is the information from the Cathy - for those who have framily members with no access to the internet, please pass this on.
Thanks Cathy & the Reunion Team.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Family House Exhanges!
Danny & Pat Murphy's daughter Katie, has come forward offering her house for a house-exchange. If any other family members have similar ideas with regards to house-exhanges, then please send me the details, and I will post them on the blog.
Katie & husband Abraham describe their Spanish property below, together with a few photos - Katie will add to these late. You can contact Katie on her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, January 02, 2015
Happy New year from the Celtic Hearts!
John Murphy and co. continue making great music in their band 'Celtic Hearts.'
Details of how to hear the music are:
Link to sound cloud:
Monday, November 24, 2014
Alan Ashcroft: Waterloo, England & British & Irish Lions
The picture below shows Alan Ashcroft in his England RFC jersey. He represented England 8 times, and was also selected for the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia in 1959 as flanker, when they defeated the Wallabies in Brisbane. In the team that day was Irish wingman Tony O'Reilly, who bagged 2 tries in the 17-6 victory.
Historic Pender-Murphy Sporting Connection
This photograph is amazing, both from a sporting context as well as a family one.
Michael Murphy, of the 15 Murphy children, attended St. Mary's Grammar School in Crosby. He captained the school's first XV Rugby tean, then after leaving school played for St. Mary's Old Boys.
His prodigious rugby talents were soon noticed by Waterloo RFC who quickly signed him up, together with Mick's old school-mate, Mick Collins. In the photograph we see Mick Murphy in the back row, and Mick Collins in the front. But also in the front row is A. Ashcroft, an England International, and also a British Lions player.
Alan Ashcroft is the daughter of Maggie Ashcroft (née Pender), who was the daughter of Tom Pender, the brother of our grandmother, Mary Pender (Da's wife). If you look at an earlier blog posting, sent in by Duncan, (great grandson of Tom Pender), you'll see a picture of Alan as a young boy, with brothers Wally (Duncan's father) Dougie, and mother Maggie.
A big thank you to Mick Murphy and son Michael, who dug out this treasured photograph from Mick's sporting archives!
Thomas Pender and Family Connections
From Des Herlihy:
I spent a couple of hours today in Liverpool with Duncan Ashcroft and his wife Sue. Duncan is a Pender and has done a lot of research into the Penders and also the Murphys. Our grandfather, Michael Murphy, married Mary Pender in Liverpool. At their wedding, Da's sister, Katherine met one of Mary's brothers, Robert Pender. They ended up getting married and had two children, Mary and James. Us Herlihys knew Mary and Jimmy well growing up in New York. Da's wife, Mary had another brother, Thomas. His photograph has been in the reunion exhibition and is shown here. This makes him our great uncle. He was a merchant seaman for 40 years out of Liverpool. Our connection to the Penders is therefore a strong one which would explain the regard and fondness our parents had for the Penders. Older cousins would know Tommy Pender who would have been their age. Duncan did not know which Pender was his father. There was a Joseph Pender who was another of Mary's brothers so maybe that is his father. Robert Pender's death is recorded as a maritime death in 1919 on the vessel Otaki. His and Kate's children, Mary and Jimmy, were taken by our great grandmother, Susan Murphy, to live in Mullaghbawn while Kate worked on Cunard ships. They joined her in New York in 1927.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
James Maurice Herlihy - Uncle Jim
Des Herlihy has been adding to his research on his father's brother Jim. I'll let him tell the story.
My Uncle, Jim Herlihy, was my father's brother; he used to visit us when we were kids in New York. Below is a Wikipedia entry I wrote a while ago.
'James Maurice Herlihy was born in Kilkenny, Ireland on 29 January 1914 and died in San Francisco California on 23 October 1962. Jim was the second child of Maurice O'Herlihy and Ellen O'Herlihy (née O'Regan). His siblings were Lil, Patrick, Kathleen and Sheila. The family home was at 28 Wolfe Tone Street, Kilkenny. He went on to have a professional career in England and mostly in Liverpool. He boxed for Ireland in a tournament in Nottingham. Jim kept a record of his career made up of programmes and newspaper clippings. The programmes are very rare. He was a sparring partner of Bruce Woodcock, a British champion. Pete Best, the first drummer of The Beatles, was the grandson of Johnny Best who was a Director of Liverpool Stadium. Johnny Best arranged a fight for Jim at the Tower Blackpool in February 1943. The letter to the promoter in Blackpool is signed by Johnny Best and it is in Jim's scrapbook. Jim's fee for this fight was £20.'
I have his scrapbook in which he meticulously recorded his press cuttings. I have added photos of his trophies: runner up in 1937 as a Middleweight in the Irish National Championships and the winner as a Middleweight in the 1938 Leinster Championships. He also won a trophy for a tournament in Derry in 1938.
You will see a photograph of the Heavyweight Champion of the World, Joe Louis when he visited Liverpool during WW2. On the far right of the photo is Johnny Best, the grandfather of Pete Best, the first drummer of The Beatles. You will also see a letter from Johnny Best arranging a fight for Uncle Jim in Blackpool.
Now a quiz question. Which World Heavyweight Boxing Champion signed a contract for Liverpool FC? Answer: Joe Louis. During his visit to Liverpool a Director of Liverpool FC asked for Joe Louis' autograph. The only paper he had with him was a Liverpool FC contract and that is what Joe signed. This was told to me by a member of the Merseyside ex-Boxers' Association who set the question himself. I have added this last bit to fend off any nonsense from my bluenose cousins and friends!
McCanns and Goodhearts please note the O'Regan link: Margaret Goodheart MuirDeirdre McCann McInerneyMary Kay MulliganEileen McCann Ninivaggi Alice SinatraAnne McCann.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Happy Birthday Laura Gomez Murphy
Mother of 15 Laura Gomez Murphy celebrates her 97th birthday in heaven today.
To mark this day, we publish photographs of the newly inscribed gravestones. (click on picture to enlarge)
Happy Birthday Mum from all your wonderful children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and hundreds of nephews and nieces, friends from all over the world.