From the late 1800s, James Murphy and his wife Mary Murphy(nee Donohoe )were Fruit Dealers in Tullow and they lived in Barrack Lane,Tullow.

They had 6 boys and 5 girls in their family, and one of their sons Laurence Murphy, (Laz Murphy’s grandfather), owned a provisions shop on the corner of Church Street, Tullow. Laurence Murphy purchased the premises by way of public auction on the 21st May 1909. The Auction was attended by several persons but Laurence Murphy, being the highest bidder, purchased the premises from Patrick Dillon for £50. Laurence also had to pay a yearly rent of £6.15 shillings (Ground rent) to Dermot H.Doyne Esq.

In the early 1900s Laurence and his wife Catherine Murphy(nee Hudson)ran there Provisions shop on the corner of Church Street and it proved to be a successful business that sold Fruit, Groceries and Coal. They worked together as a family helped by Laurence`s brother Michael Murphy and his sister Mary Lawlor (nee Murphy).

On the 29th of November 1933  Laurence purchased the adjoining premises (Byrne’s Family Butchers) from Michael O’ Connell (Draper), for the sum of £315 and a yearly rent of £7 (Ground Rent) to Dermot H. Doyne Esq.

He opened a Butcher’s shop on the  site in 1934, when he was 58 years of age. On the 20th of July 1941 his wife Catherine died (Aged 53).  The business was run from 1934 by his son, Laz Jr., who tragically drowned on the 23rd August 1944 in Courtown , Co.Wexford, just 26 years old. Earlier that year on March 20th his daughter Mary Josephine (Mai), died from Meningitis aged 30. This truly was a very sad year for all the family.

On the 29th of November 1933  Laurence purchased the adjoining premises (Byrne’s Family Butchers) from Michael O’ Connell (Draper), for the sum of £315 and a yearly rent of £7 (Ground Rent) to Dermot H. Doyne Esq.

He opened a Butcher’s shop on the  site in 1934, when he was 58 years of age. On the 20th of July 1941 his wife Catherine died (Aged 53).  The business was run from 1934 by his son, Laz Jr., who tragically drowned on the 23rd August 1944 in Courtown , Co.Wexford, just 26 years old. Earlier that year on March 20th his daughter Mary Josephine (Mai), died from Meningitis aged 30. This truly was a very sad year for all the family.

From that year on(1944), the business was run by James, another son of Laurence Murphy, (and father of the present owner).The Stall was far removed from the modern streamlined shop now run by his Grandson Laz.All it consisted of was a butchers block,the necessary knives, hooks and a choppers (still in use today).

These were changing times. The War (WW2) was practically at an end and petrol was no longer rationed, so people were on the move again and the business was expanding.
Most meat was sold on the bone. As refrigeration was unheard of , meat was “killed today and sold tomorrow”. At this time in question meat with plenty of fat was what the customer wanted.

As meat was cheap in those early years the butcher was usually asked for “a few pounds of steak”without any mention of Striploin, Fillet,Round or Rib. When Murphy’s killed a beast, a side would be sold to Caldbeck’s Butchers down the road (beside Foran’s pub) and days later, a side would be purchased back from Caldbeck’s.

Laurence Murphy, the business founder, died in 1948 and his son James Murphy and his wife Georgie Murphy (nee Long) continued to run the business.

Laz Murphy has been in the family business since 1963. In 1972, he married Mary Byrne, who comes from a merchant family in Clonegal. In 1993, their son, Jim, entered the family business.

During the ‘60s and ‘70s, the shop expanded several times to cater for growing business. The deep-freeze trade began around 1972 and in 1982, the shop grew further when Laz’s mother’s sweet shop was incorporated into the butcher shop business. The new abattoir was added in 1984. James Murphy died in 1993.

 

Laurence Murphy, the business founder, died in 1948 and his son James Murphy and his wife Georgie Murphy (nee Long) continued to run the business.

Laz Murphy has been in the family business since 1963. In 1972, he married Mary Byrne, who comes from a merchant family in Clonegal. In 1993, their son, Jim, entered the family business.

During the ‘60s and ‘70s, the shop expanded several times to cater for growing business. The deep-freeze trade began around 1972 and in 1982, the shop grew further when Laz’s mother’s sweet shop was incorporated into the butcher shop business. The new abattoir was added in 1984. James Murphy died in 1993.

 

The most recent shop modernisation took place in 2006, when a wine off-licence, car park and complete new shop design was added. In 2017 Murphy’s revamped most of the shop and a new shop front was designed which won best shop front in Carlow Chamber of commerce Award ceremony in 2018.

Over the years, Murphy’s have won several major awards in the butcher trade, including awards for Spiced Beef, White Pudding, and BBQ Steak Burgers. They have been awarded several Mckenna’s Guides and Georgina Campell Guides over the years.

Murphy’s Butchers are also members of the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland and in 2013 became Certified Members of the Association & joined Butchery excellence International in 2018 & have won numerous competitions & Awards including Best Butcher Shop of the year 2018 & most recently Jim & Bernadeta Murphy won the Five Nations Doubles Championship in 2019.  Jim is also a proud member of the Worlds Butchers Challenge Team Ireland Team since 2018.

The Murphy’s have been assisted by dedicated staff over the years. Early on, there was Nelly Dowling and Paddy Kirwan, (who worked with the Murphy’s for 45 years), and in more recent times, the Murphy’s have been assisted by James Jackman, Luke Mannering, Liam Callaghan, Luke Hade, Hazel Oliver, Mark McMahon, Joe Maher , Paul Farrell, Rafal Sojka, Mary Dempsey and Naomi McGuinness, Tara Doran, Thelma McCall, Bernadeta Murphy, Casey Murphy Doran & Paul Murphy.

Laz, Mary and Jim Murphy continue today with the business founded in 1934 by Laz’s grandfather. It is a proud tradition and the Murphy’s are grateful to their dedicated staff and loyal customers who have supported them down through the years.

The Murphy’s have been assisted by dedicated staff over the years. Early on, there was Nelly Dowling and Paddy Kirwan, (who worked with the Murphy’s for 45 years), and in more recent times, the Murphy’s have been assisted by James Jackman, Luke Mannering, Liam Callaghan, Luke Hade, Hazel Oliver, Mark McMahon, Joe Maher , Paul Farrell, Rafal Sojka, Mary Dempsey and Naomi McGuinness, Tara Doran, Thelma McCall, Bernadeta Murphy, Casey Murphy Doran & Paul Murphy.

Laz, Mary and Jim Murphy continue today with the business founded in 1934 by Laz’s grandfather. It is a proud tradition and the Murphy’s are grateful to their dedicated staff and loyal customers who have supported them down through the years.