There is deep sadness in Durrow this morning with the news that a long-serving hotelier has passed away.
Joseph Murphy, who was in his 95th year, passed away yesterday surrounded by his loving wife Carmel and family.
He was the owner of The Castle Arms in Durrow and set up the business in 1955 – 63 years ago.
In recent years, Joe stepped away from the running of the hotel with his son Seosaimh stepping in to the role.
However, Joe was never far away and punters would routinely meet him when stepping foot into the hotel.
Cllr John Joe Fennelly led the tributes to Mr Murphy, describing him as a ‘true gentleman’.
He said: “I had my wedding breakfast in the Castle Arms and I can tell you that anyone who set foot in the hotel received the best of care from Joseph.
“He was a shrewd businessman and his son Seosaimh has continued that tradition on in recent years.
“Joe was also a very religious man – he routinely travelled to Lourdes with us and he will be a big loss to the whole community here.
“I remember we held the Fianna Fail Dinner Dance there one year and Joe could not do more to look after everyone.
“He was also extremely proud of all his children and loved his grandchildren dearly. He was one of life’s true gentlemen.”
Joe is survived by his wife Carmel and his loss is deeply regretted by his sons Tomas, Seosamh, Sean, Oisin (Durrow, Pascal New York, USA), daughters Catriona Kelly (California USA), Carmel Tameifuna (Hong Kong, China), Orla Staines (Dunmore East Co Waterford), sister Agnes (Baby) Conroy, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, grandnieces, grandnephews and a large circle of friends.
Joe is reposing at his residence on Wednesday, 14th November, from 2pm with Rosary at 9pm.
Removal Thursday, 15th November, at 7pm arriving at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Durrow for 7.30pm. Requiem Mass on Friday at 11am with burial immediately afterwards in adjoining cemetery.
May he Rest in Peace.
A selection of photos below are from Alf Harvey’s archives.