Pas­sion­ate trades man and avid sports en­thu­si­ast

Brian Mur­ray­hill 1945 - 2020

The Irish Times - - Obituaries - JACK POWER

Born in Ket­ter­ing, a small town in Northamp­ton­shire, Eng­land, it was in Ire­land where Brian Mur­ray­hill made his home. He moved from Lon­don to Kin­negad, Co West­meath, in his 20s as he had fam­ily there, and be­gan work in their brick­lay­ing busi­ness, which he later took over. He met Ber­nadette Ryan in a pub in his 30s and moved to Dublin to live with her in a house in Clon­dalkin. Brian had three chil­dren – two in Eng­land and his daugh­ter Chelsea (23), who grew up in the home in Clon­dalkin. “He was mad about foot­ball, he loved Tot­ten­ham,” Chelsea says. He was also a big For­mula 1 fan, and an avid car en­thu­si­ast. For Brian “Mercedes was life,” his daugh­ter says.

“He was mu­sic mad as well, he would lis­ten to ev­ery­thing, from the Bea­tles to Jay Z,” she says. “He worked so much, and was very pas­sion­ate about his work,” she adds.

When Chelsea was nine years old her fa­ther had a stroke, and his re­la­tion­ship with Ber­nadette broke up, at which point he moved to Co Leitrim to live with a friend.

He re­tired at 63, un­able to work, which left him “dev­as­tated” given his pas­sion for his trade, his daugh­ter says. Chelsea would get the bus down to visit her fa­ther as a teenager ev­ery week, or ev­ery few weeks dur­ing school term. In re­tire­ment he found pas­sion in other projects and was “al­ways work­ing away on a car” to fix it up, she says.

After a can­cer di­ag­no­sis he was moved to the Mater hos­pi­tal in Dublin. At that point Chelsea and her part­ner had a house in Bal­lyfer­mot, where the pair hoped they would be able to care for her fa­ther. How­ever, he was not well enough to live in­de­pen­dently and two years ago moved to St Mary’s Hos­pi­tal, a nurs­ing home in the Phoenix Park. “He loved it there, I don’t know how many girl­friends he had in there,” Chelsea says. On April 13th, Brian Mur­ray­hill went into car­diac ar­rest and died in St Mary’s Hos­pi­tal. He later tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19.

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He was also a big For­mula 1 fan, and an avid car en­thu­si­ast. For Brian “Mercedes was life,” his daugh­ter says

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