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Aidan was good-natured and a true gentleman


The late Aidan Murphy.

The late Aidan Murphy.

The late Aidan Murphy.


When Aidan Murphy passed away on June 16 this year, in his 94th year, he was the last of a generation having survived the passing of his eight siblings and his parents John and Ellen Murphy from Selskar in Wexford town.

Aidan carried on the family business of painters and decorators, which his father established in 1923, along with his brothers Jim and Sean, and sister Kathleen who managed the wallpaper and paint shop in Selskar.

Through perseverance and hard work, Aidan expanded the business to include floor and wall tiling, the provision of fuel, mosaics, paint, glass and wallpaper as well as decorating. He gradually built a glass and glazing business in a small workshop in Selskar. He then purchased a property in Westgate where the Wexford Glass Company grew from strength to strength. He was joined in the business by his sons Michael and Eamonn and expanded to the manufacturing facility.

It was a proud day for the whole family when in the year 2001 the new factory of Wexford Viking Shield was opened in Whitemill Industrial Estate. Aidan was a past president of the National Association of Master Painters and Decorators of Ireland. He was a past president of Wexford Junior Chamber and was proud to take the stand when John F Kennedy came to visit Wexford in 1963. Aidan was also chairman of the Waterford branch of the Building Contractors and Allied Employers of Ireland and was a fellow of the British Decorators and Interior Designers Association.

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Aidan was a highly respected businessman who throughout his business life faced many challenges. But it wasn't just the big things, it was the small meaningful things too that he made a success of. Chipping away quietly in the background and making things better for anything he was involved in. He was a fair, compassionate man and was often referred to fondly as ‘The Boss’.

Aidan was an avid opera follower and was a long serving member of the Wexford Opera Festival backstage crew. Apart from his business life, Aidan was a devoted family man. He met his wife Joan (née Corcoran), at a dance in the Town Hall, which is now the Wexford Arts Centre. They married in 1954 in Bride Street Church and had four children Sheila, Michael, Eamonn and Patricia. He was a man of faith and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2019 in Bride Street Church at which they were blessed and anointed in a very moving ceremony by Rev. James Cullen.

He was a very hands-on father, grandfather of 12 and great grandfather to 25 children and Aidan and Joan had been married for 67 years lovingly cared for by their family in whom his legacy lives on.

Aidan's family would like to thank the following: Dr. Kelly and her team and all the staff at Wexford General Hospital, Chaplain Fr. Ken and all the HSE staff at Grogan’s Road Community Clinic. Padraig and his team at Haven Pharmacy in Clonard. Aidan's carers at home Gabriel, Val and Bart. Sean and Carol Kearney for their care and professional service and Ger Busher for his beautiful music, and Fr Billy Swan for his moving ceremony and to the staff at Crosstown Cemetery. Everyone who travelled to commiserate with the family and to those who sent cards and condolences. A holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for all intentions.

Aidan was a good natured man and a rare true gentleman. At his funeral ceremony the family celebrated his life, because he lived it well. May he rest in peace.