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Dennis stool at Murphys Bar Galway

History of Murphy's Bar Galway

Murphy’s is a true local pub, firmly rooted in Old Galway.
Philip Murphy (1892 – 1995) acquired this premises in November 1931 on his return from America and ran it as a pub which also sold groceries and bacon in the early days.

He ran the pub over the years with the help of his wife Delia and his children, Paddy and Mary. The pub licence remained in the name of Philip Murphy until 1995 when he died at the age of 103.

Since then Paddy Murphy has been running the pub and he, along with his children, ensure that the Murphy name is still very much part of the business today. As you enter, the door greets you with “Fáilte Isteach”. That’s an Irish welcome, a Galway welcome, a Murphy’s welcome.

The relaxed atmosphere and friendly chat are hallmarks of this premises and it’s because of this that it has become so very popular with many locals and visitors. Murphy’s is enriched by the many and varied characters who have been frequenting this establishment for decades. During the latest reupholstering of bar-stools, one customer expressed his preference for the older soft tops and so it’s easy now to spot Dennis’s bar-stool.

Past social trips and special occasions involving patrons and staff are recalled by various photographs on the walls and when you hear the friendly staff greeting many customers by name, you know you have found a true local pub. That’s Murphy’s.

Some of our Staff

Michael one of the staff members of Murphy's Bar


Fiona one of the staff members of Murphy's Bar



“Murphy’s is a quintessential ‘regulars’ bar’ with a friendly atmosphere and a great pint”

“Quality Guinness, excellent service & always with a smile ... And change from a tenner. Win win. My kinda pub” – Andy & Marian

“They serve the best Guinness you’ll ever have. Fact!” – Brian Morgan

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