Thursday, August 05, 2021

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

MURPHY

Eugene (Gene) Murphy, late of Glenavon, Summerville drive, Waterford (June 2nd 1950 – August 8th 2021)

The Murphy family – his wife Teresa, daughter Treasa, and son Eoin, would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to all who sympathised with Mass cards, flowers, letters, and personal messages.

Thanks also for all the acts of kindness we received over the past year from Gene’s sisters- Miriam, Yvonne, Denise, Angela and his brothers Gerry and Leo, his son-in-law Mark, the Hogan and Hassett families, his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces. nephews, godchildren and our wonderful friends and neighbours. It provided us with great comfort. May Gene’s gentle soul rest in peace.

Thank you to all who helped keep the wheels in motion in Shoot’n & Fish’n, Bishop’s Mountain Shooting Ground and Natures Remedies.

Gene had a happy, adventurous life and was in a unique, blessed position to turn his sport of shooting and fishing into a livelihood. His shop in Ballybricken was as much a social establishment as it was a business. The sale of a gun, fishing rod or any business transaction was accompanied by a cup of tea and a long chat. Thank you to all his loyal customers and friends who made his daily work so enjoyable.

We were overwhelmed at the gratitude and praise of so many people who developed a love and talent for clay pigeon shooting under Gene’s watchful eye. Gene’s vision of owning a successful clay pigeon shooting ground was manifested when he opened Bishop’s Mountain in the early 1990s. He was proud of hosting numerous successful major events including the Irish/ British Open, International shoots, the European Championships, and the World Cup. Thanks to all who continue in his memory to make “The Mountain” so enjoyable and successful.

The president of Bishop’s Mountain Shooting Club, Phil Meyler, said: “Gene was exceptionally talented at DTL, ball-trap, skeet and sport shooting. He represented Ireland many times and was proud to wear the green blazer. He was the winner of several major events. He captained the Irish team and won “high gun” in DTL and ball-trap international shoots. He was the first in the country to shoot DTL three 100/300 in succession. He was highly regarded and respected both inside and outside the shooting world. He will be sadly missed by all both North and South who competed by his side for many years.”

September 1st and November 1st were important dates on Gene’s calendar for the opening of the duck season and pheasant season. Thank you to those who accompanied him on those adventures which made for many hilarious stories.

Gene was a keen fisherman, and if the stories we hear from Gene and his friends in Churchtown are true, it is the best spot in the country for the largest salmon! Thank you to those friends who made his fishing trips so memorable and for looking out for him.

Gene experienced grouse shooting in Scotland, pheasant shooting in Lees Court, Kent, and salmon fishing in Russia, which are but dreams of many a keen shooting and fishing man. We are immensely grateful to all who helped bring those trips about.

Thanks to St. Vincent’s Private Hospital and UHW for their kindness and care and to the priest in St. Joseph’s and Benildus. Gene attended daily mass and had great faith.

Gene was a loving, caring husband, a great family man and delighted in the knowledge that Treasa and Eoin were happy and successful in their caring professions. Our home is a lonelier home now. We miss Gene’s touch, his love, his care, and kindness. We miss his laughter, his wit, his sense of fun, his good humour, and his solid advice. We find consolation in the belief that he is now in God’s loving, caring, happy home.

May your gentle soul rest in peace, Gene.

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