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Murphy Heritage Locations: Coastal IrelandThe Murphy Clan may be spread far and wide around the globe but our forefathers in Ancient Ireland first created homelands where Murphys were dominant and held seats of great power. Our clan may now extend across continents now but our origins lie deep within the heart of Ireland.

Modern day Co. Cork and Co. Kerry are well known as being populated with large numbers of the Murphy Clan. The rugged coastlines and majestic mountain ranges of both Cork and Kerry will forever be associated with the Murphy name so if you are looking to step back to our ancestors soil then these southern counties of Ireland should be high on your list of regions to visit.

Known as the “sunny South East”, Co. Wexford is an area of the eastern province of Ireland where the Murphy Clan have long had historic connections. Wexford has many historic towns (Rosslare, Arklow, Gorey, Enniscorthy, Wexford town itself, etc.) that can all in some way link to the wider Murphy Clan history. But the village of Boolavogue, just 5 miles from Enniscorthy is forever linked to the famous Fr. John Murphy who led Wexford insurgents into battle during the 1798 Rebellion – his bravery immortalised in the Irish ballad “Boolavogue”.

Murphy Heritage Locations: Blarney, IrelandWhile Co. Sligo is inevitably linked to the surname Yeats (due to a certain Irish poet!), we Murphy’s can also boast of strong links to this western county of the province of Connaught. Murphys have historic roots in the county and the scenic beauty of locations such as Benbulben Mountain along with beaches at Rosses Point and Mullaghmore make Co. Sligo a great place to explore your family heritage.

In the province of Ulster, Co. Tyrone, Co. Armagh and Co. Fermanagh have historic links to the Murphy Clan. In Tyrone where towns as such as Omagh and Dungannon are located along with the extremely interesting Ulster-American Folk Park, the “Ulster Murphys” were believed to have been driven out of the county by the dominant O’Neill Clan. They supposedly settled in South Armagh hence the large numbers of Murphys in the region while the numerous occurances of Murphys in Co. Fermanagh is believed to be linked to a separate sept within the area.

Murphy Heritage Locations: West Cork, IrelandPlaced in the heart of the province of Munster, Co. Tipperary is steeped in Murphy Clan history with a branch of the “Wexford Murphys” believed to have settled in the county, thereby extending our influence across Ireland. In particular, lands at Ballymore near the town of Cashel in Co. Tipperary was a homeland for us Murphys with the land having been passed down through generations right up to 1848 when it was sold.

Of course, the popularity of the Irish Murphy name is not limited just to the above counties and regions as we’ve reached far and wide to all corners of Ireland before taking on the world itself and now placing ourselves in every continent on the globe.

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