Wex­ford is sad­dened by death of Kieran ‘Bar­ney’ Mur­phy (45) OBIT­U­ARY

Wexford People - - NEWS -

THERE WAS wide­spread sad­ness across Wex­ford and be­yond last week fol­low­ing the tragic pass­ing of pop­u­lar lo­cal man, Kieran (Bar­ney) Mur­phy(45), from 34 Ard Alainn, Castle­bridge, and for­merly of Black­wa­ter, Wex­ford.

A beloved son of Rita and Kevin Mur­phy, he was also a brother held in very high es­teem by his sib­lings, An­gela, Noeleen, Pat, Veron­ica, Siob­han, Ann Marie, Jonathan and Robert. He was also a dot­ing dad to his daugh­ter, Rachel.

A re­spected mem­ber of his com­mu­nity, Kieran grew up in a large fam­ily in Bish­op­swa­ter and at­tended the Faythe Na­tional School and Wex­ford Vo­ca­tional Col­lege.

In his teenage years he played foot­ball with St. Joseph’s and Wex­ford Vo­ca­tional Col­lege where he was part of the school foot­ball team that won the U14 County Cham­pi­onship in 1985/1986. An avid sports en­thu­si­ast, in his younger years he also en­joyed play­ing hand­ball, cy­cling and snooker.

Hav­ing spent the early 90’s work­ing in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try in the UK, Ger­many and Cyprus, Kieran re­turned to Wex­ford and worked for many years as a win­dow fit­ter with Se­na­tor Win­dows and Vik­ing Glass. He set­tled in Castle­bridge over 10 years ago, with his daugh­ter Rachel, to whom he was de­voted.

Just over a year ago, he started work­ing for Lake Re­gion, in New Ross, where he was highly re­garded. Kieran was, by na­ture, a hard worker who did not like to be idle for too long and when­ever he was out-of-work he made ends meet buy­ing and sell­ing at car boot sales as well as trad­ing on Done Deal and the Wex­ford Mam­mies so­cial me­dia page.

A very tal­ented DIY en­thu­si­ast he was re­garded as ‘Mr Fix-it’ for many fam­ily mem­bers and friends and could turn his hand to al­most any­thing, from painting and dec­o­rat­ing to win­dow re­pairs and ren­o­va­tions.

Kieran was very green fin­gered and went to great lengths to put up a green­house and grow­ing patch in his back gar­den where he grew all sorts of veg­eta­bles - to the point where he be­came al­most self-suf­fi­cient.

He was house proud and took great pride in keep­ing it in or­der and he was also known for his ex­cel­lent culi­nary skills and loved cook­ing up a storm in the kitchen with his daugh­ter on a daily ba­sis.

A lover of the out­doors, Kieran could of­ten be spot­ted walk­ing on Cur­r­a­cloe beach with his daugh­ter’s dog, and also dogs be­long­ing to friends. His love for an­i­mals was some­thing he shared with his daugh­ter and he gifted her a dog and a cat to take care of.

He kept a par­rot and a cock­atiel at his home and some of his favourite TV pro­grammes were na­ture doc­u­men­taries on the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nels; one of his favourite se­ries was ‘The Crocodile Hunter’, star­ring the late Steve Ir­win.

Kieran had a pas­sion for fish­ing and of­ten went out in boats with his brothers and friends and in keep­ing with that in­ter­est an­other of his favourite TV shows was ‘Dead­li­est Catch’. He looked at such pro­grammes to pick up tricks of the trade in the hope of big­ger hauls on his next out­ing.

Kieran liked so­cial­is­ing over a few pints among friends on Satur­days and he also took the odd flut­ter on the horses and soc­cer.

A true gen­tle­man, Kieran was also a great friend who never had a bad word to say about any­body. Kind hearted by na­ture, he had a great sense of hu­mour and thor­oughly en­joyed many ad­ven­tures with friends and fam­ily at home and abroad.

The high re­gard in which he was held was un­der­lined by the large con­gre­ga­tion of mourn­ers, in­clud­ing fam­ily mem­bers, friends and col­leagues, who came to­gether united in their grief at Bride Street Church last Wed­nes­day to say a fi­nal farewell to their dear son, brother, fa­ther and friend, ‘Bar­ney’.

His fam­ily is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to seek help if they are go­ing through dif­fi­cult times: ‘If you are strug­gling to cope please know there is a lot of help out there to get you through tough times and don’t be afraid to seek help from your GP or other sup­port ser­vices, your lo­cal priest, fam­ily and friends.’

Kieran is sur­vived by his par­ents, Rita and Kevin, daugh­ter, Rachel, sis­ters and brothers, An­gela, Noeleen, Veron­ica, Siob­han, Anne-Marie, Pat, Robert and Jonathan, rel­a­tives and very large cir­cle of friends.

Sos sa tsíocháin

The late Kieran ‘Bar­ney’ Mur­phy.

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