Rev. Brother Joseph Murray, O.S.B. Carlow

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Source: (Michael Purcell)
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Brother Joseph (Frances) Murray, 1916-1966.


Transcribed in Oct. 2008 by Michael Purcell from school days' scrapbook.

The Nationalist and Leinster Times.

23rd December, 1966.

Rev. Brother Joseph Murray, O.S.B.

To those who knew him during the 30 years he lived in Carlow, Frankie Murray, was synonymous with gaiety and wit. Few could reconcile themselves to the idea of him as a Benedictine Brother. Yet during recent years when a relaxation of rite allowed him a yearly visit home, they were happy to find the austere monastic discipline had not changed him a whit.

It was on his holiday in October of this year that he took ill, and his death occurred on Monday last at the Richmond Hospital, Dublin.

When he left the Christian Brothers' Academy he joined the staff of Thomas Thompson and Son, where he remained for many years. He then took up an appointment in London; a friendship with Mrs Cecil Chesterton, whom he was assisting in the Catholic Social Work in London, led to his entering the watch-making industry. G.K.C.'S sister-in-law felt he should use his considerable practical gifts.

His promotion amazed people who had spent a lifetime in the industry. He became successively department manager, divisional inspector, and when appointed divisional manager, he resigned to enter St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough Benedictine Community in Hampshire.

His talents were soon recognised and he attended the College of Art in Guildford for three years specialising in the binding of valuable manuscripts and precious books sent from all over the world.

He also was instrumental in setting up a small museum devoted to souvenirs of Napoleon III., the Empress Eugenie and their son. The Empress had founded the monastery, and the tombs of the Emperor, their son and herself have long been places of pilgrimage to French tourists in particular.

His activities in the monastery were legion. On the day of his profession (Laet are Sunday) he was repairing the Golden Rose presented to the Empress by Pope Benedict XVI. Since then this priceless relic has been completely restored by the British Museum.

He fashioned the crown for the wooden statue "Our Lady of the oyer", carved in Farnborough and carried across England to Wales in procession.

Fr. Seamus Cunnane of Carlow is now Parish Priest of the church where the statue rests.

Even though he died at the comparatively early age of 50, he had touched on more activities than one could numerate.

As a member of Carlow Rowing Club he was the first canoe enthusiast on the river Barrow and in the doldrums of rowing activity was a lone familiar figure during the summer months.

A founder-member of the Commercial Badminton Club ( under the auspices of the C.Y.M.S.) he worked unceasingly to make the club the force it became.

Brother Joseph was the second son of the late Patrick and Kathleen Murray, Dublin Street, Carlow. He is survived by his brothers, Aidan and Kevin, and sisters, Mrs Maureen Bramley and Mrs Brigid Kirwin.

The remains were removed from the Richmond Hospital on Monday evening where Fr. Sean O'Leary, C.C., Carlow, recited the prayers before departure. At the Cathedral clergy present included: V. Rev. C. Crowley, Adm.; V. Rev. P. Shine, Knockbeg College, ; Rev. T. Waldron, C.C., and other clergy.

The funeral took place to St. Mary's Cemetery on Tuesday. Prayers were recited by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Miller, P.P., V.F.. Newbridge ; V. Rev. P.J.Brophy, St. Patrick's College; V. Rev. P. Shine, Rev. E. Mathews, C.C., Graiguecullen; Rev. J. Fingleton, C.C., and V. Rev. M.Coughlan, P.P. Arles.

Source: The Golden Jubilee Journal 1936-1986 p. 9-11 (Michael Purcell)

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