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Monday, May 22, 2023

Murphy's Bar

A public house was first opened in 9 High Street, Galway in the mid 1880.  In 1931, it was purchased by the Murphy family - and they ran it until 2021, looking from the outside like an "old man" pub, but inside with a charm that welcomed everyone:  at one stage they would turn the TV volume up for the 6pm news each day.

Like all pubs, Murphy's closed briefly with the first Covid closedown in 2020, and again more permanently 2021 with the longer close down and then the passing of Mr Murphy, Publican.

On 4 May 2023, it was re-opened under the ownership of the Louis Fitzgerald Group, after a thorough refurbishment that brought the building up to modern fire safety standards, while respecting the heritage and architectural value of the site and offering some insta-worthy decorations for tourists.

The welcome is genuine, the bar is well-stocked with Galway's favourite Guinness and whiskey from the barrel, and there are even toasted sandwiches available throughout the day and rumours of a restaurant to open upstairs "soon"

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May 2023 - just after re-opening

September 2020

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