Death of popular publican Barney

By Dan Walsh

The death has occurred of Barney Murphy, Como Lodge, Castlebridge, who spent a lifetime in the licensed trade and is a former President of the Vintners Federation of Ireland.


A native of Castlebridge, Barney was a very successful businessman, but best known for his popular presence behind the family bar known as Barney’s in Castlebridge village for close on four decades.

He had a long association with Wexford Racecourse where he managed the bar facilities on the track on racedays and in 2020 was honoured by Wexford Racecourse Supporter’s Club on his retirement after half a century of service.

Barney loved the chat and banter that went with the bar scene and loved to chat about community happenings, sporting activity and what was making the news amongst his customers. He was immensely popular, and messages of sympathy are expressed to his family on their sad loss.

FAMILY NOTICE; Barney Murphy, ‘Como Lodge’ Castlebridge. Past President of the Vintners Federation of Ireland. Beloved husband of the late Margaret. Loving father of Jackie, Sandra, Barry, Claire, Orlagh, Sile and Padraig. Brother of Geraldine, Claire and the late Noel, Brian, Val, Joan and Irene. Will be sadly missed by his daughters, sons, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, partners, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. May He Rest In Peace Reposing at his home on Sunday from 2pm to 7pm. Removal on Monday, June 6th to St. Ibar’s Church, Castlebridge for Funeral Mass at 11am with burial afterwards in Castlebridge cemetery. House private on Monday morning, please. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to Wexford Hospice Homecare.  

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