Kenmare resting place for Tidy Towns champion

The late Fr Michael Murphy

ARCHDEACON Michael Murphy will be laid to rest in the town he led to national Tidy Towns glory 20 years ago.

The hugely popular priest, who passed away peacefully this morning, in Killarney Nursing Home, had chosen the grounds of Holy Cross Church in Kenmare as his final resting place.

Fr Murphy, as he preferred to be known, had the unique distinction of spearheading three different communities – Sneem, Kenmare and Killarney – to the overall award in the nationwide competition.

Just weeks short of his 95th birthday, he was predeceased by his parents Jeremiah and Julia, his brother Dan and sisters Tess, Sr Therese and Sr Marie Therese.

He is survived by his brother Bishop Bill, sisters Mary (Daly) and Anne (Corbett), nieces and nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and many other relatives and friends.

He is further survived by the Bishop and priests of the Diocese of Kerry, the communities in which he ministered and the staff and residents at Killarney Nursing Home where he was a hugely popular resident.

Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Killarney on Monday from 4.00pm to 6.30pm, removal will take place afterwards St Mary’s Cathedral.

Requiem Mass will be on Tuesday at 10.30am with burial afterwards in the church grounds, Holy Cross Church, Kenmare. The family has requested no flowers.

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