Friday 21 July 2017

One last blast for Joey 'The Lips' actor Johnny Murphy

Johnny Murphy. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Johnny Murphy. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
President Michael D Higgins with his wife Sabina at the Funeral of Commitments Star Johnny Murphy in Mount Jerome. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
The Funeral of Commitments Star Johnny Murphy in Mount Jerome. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
The Funeral of Commitments Star Johnny Murphy in Mount Jerome. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Michael Colgan and Jim Sheridan at the Funeral of Commitments Star Johnny Murphy in Mount Jerome. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Actors from the Commitments Dick Massey,Bronagh Gallagher and Felim Gormley at the Funeral of Commitments Star Johnny Murphy in Mount Jerome. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

It took an armed raid on a post office for The Commitments actor Johnny Murphy to realise the extent of his fame.

Friend and fellow actor Garrett Keogh told a tale of how Murphy was on the way to the Inchicore United Workmans Club one day.

Passing a post office, a crowd ran out screaming that it was being robbed, and Johnny saw a car beside him with the engine running.

Then the raiders ran out with balaclavas and guns and bags of money, and one of the money bags fell at Johnny's feet. The raider bent down to pick it up and as he got up again he looked up at him and exclaimed: "Ah, Joey The Lips!" before jumping into the getaway car.

The tale was recalled at the celebration of the life of the Drimnagh actor, who played Joey 'The Lips' Fagan in the hit movie.

Murphy (72) died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Well-known faces from stage and screen gathered for the ceremony at Mount Jerome in Harold's Cross, Dublin.

Mr Keogh also told how Johnny was not great at travelling, and he once missed a connecting flight to Australia in London.

He read the words 'wait in lounge' on a screen and went to the lounge bar - missing the flight completely.

Chief mourners were Johnny's daughter Niamh, granddaughter Caoimhe, and brother Archie. Also in attendance were Commitments actors Robert Arkins, Bronagh Gallagher, Dick Massey and Michael Aherne.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina also attended the ceremony.

Irish Independent

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