TRIBUTES have been paid to one of Limerick’s most respected solicitors who has passed away aged 61 following a battle with cancer.
Joseph (Joe) Murphy, of the firm Keating Connolly Sellors, passed away this Wednesday at his home in Killonan, Castletroy, surrounded by his family.
Mr Murphy, who was educated in Blackrock college and University College Dublin, moved to Limerick in May 1977 and became a partner in the firm in the early 1980s.
He specialised in property and commercial law, and later in litigation for a number of insurance companies.
His colleague Eugene Cush, another partner in the well-known firm on Glentworth Street/O’Connell Street, said they are greatly saddened by his passing and their sympathies are with his family during this time.
“He was a very outgoing, positive person and was very respected in Limerick by all the members of the profession. He really was a most energetic and strong individual, and always made a big impression in this office with clients and staff,” Mr Cush told the Limerick Leader.
The firm has been in existence for more than 150 years and during this time the firms of Sellors, Connolly, Geraghty, Keating and Keogh crossed paths and formed partnerships.
“He was very enthused by the latest amalgamation of the firm before his diagnosis. He continued to work and make a great contribution to the firm up to the last,” he added.
A native of Tuam, county Galway, he was also a conveyancing committee member of the Law Society for a number of years, a board member of the Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP), a fundraiser for Milford Hospice, and a keen golfer in Castletroy.
He is survived by his wife Caroline, from Wexford, children Daragh, Rory & Olwen, sisters Hilary and Deena, brothers Jim and Ronan, sister-in-law Patricia, brothers-in-law Leo, Pat & Jim, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements are as follows: Reposing at Milford Hospice Mortuary on Friday (August 28) from 5.30pm - 7.30pm.
Funeral will arrive at Monaleen Church on Saturday (August 29) for 11.30am mass. Burial after in Kilmurry Cemetery, Castletroy. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Milford Care Centre.