Billy had a great love of horses
William Murphy 1937 - 2012
William Murphy, Proleek, Ravensdale, Dundalk who died peacefully in his home on January 24th was a native of Port Laoise but who lived in this area most of his adult life where he was a well known and popular figure.
Aged 74, William or Billy as he was always known, was one of eleven children of Thomas and Maryanne Murphy. He was born and reared in O'moore's Place in Port Laoise and educated locally. After completing his education, Billy left for England to find work and located in Brighouse in West Yorkshire where he was involved in the construction industry.
It was while working in Brighouse that Billy met his wife, Mary Kieran, a native of Proleek, Ravensdale.
Mary was working in Woolworths in Brighouse and soon after their marriage in 1958 the couple returned home to live in Annaskeagh. They later lived in Bellurgan and eventually Proleek.
When Billy first returned home he worked in the local forestry industry and also in the meat factory in Ravensdale. In more recent times he worked for himself mostly buying and selling. He had a great love for horses which he kept on land he leased in the area.
For a time when his sons played, Billy helped in managing teams for Bellurgan F.C. and had a close affinity with the club. He was also actively involved in local politics, working behind the scenes for Fine Gael.
A pioneer for 32 years, Billy had a strong faith and great devotion to St. Gerard and was never without his St. Gerard's prayer book.
A devoted family man, Billy's unexpected death was a major blow to his family but they are consoled by their many happy memories of his time with them.
Billy is survived by his family, Liz (Dundalk), Kenneth (Offaly), Martin (Mountrath), Suzanne (Armagh), Catherine (Craigavon), Leo (Creggan, Co. Armagh), Willie (Port Laoise), Mandy (Dundalk) and Alison ( Belleeks, Co. Armagh), brothers, John (Brighouse, West Yorkshire) and Oliver (Dundalk), sister, Kathleen (Brighouse, West Yorkshire), 28 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mary (neé Kieran) nine years ago and by his brothers, Thomas (Don), Joe, Andy, and Danny, sisters, Mollie, Aggie and Margaret.
Having reposed at his home, Billy's remains were taken to St. Mary's Church, Ravensdale where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. P. Murphy, P.P., who delivered the eulogy.
The Readings were given by grandchildren Jason Mccourt and Sarah Kearney and the Prayers of Intercession were led by grandchildren, Glenn Mccourt, Stacey Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Samantha Murphy, and Lisa Moley.
The Gifts that symbolised Billy's life were presented by grandchildren, Daniel Murphy, Jessica Owens, Gemma Murphy and Keith Kearney while the Offertory Gifts were presented by grandchildren, Shane King and Michelle Murphy.
The beautiful music was provided by organist, Liz Mcconnon and the soloist was Karen Jones and a Communion Reflection was given by Jeanette Donath.
After Mass burial took place in Calvary cemetery where there was a large attendance reflecting the family's strong links with the area and the high regard by which Billy was held.
Month's Mind Mass will be held on Monday February 20th in St. Mary's Church, Ravensdale at 7.30 p.m.