John McCullagh June 3, 2007
murphysgatesmall.jpg

If one could corner the market, the most profitable business in Newry would be that of ‘Shop Outfitters’, for there is never a day but that one observes the rubble skips filling up outside one or other retail business as some indomitable entrepreneur – like Bruce’s spider – makes yet another gallant effort to succeed in the retail trade.

In such a world of constant flux, it is consoling for the older members of the community that there remains, through the generations, a number of home-grown family businesses that have continued to provide a great quality service to the public without all that needless change.

Ranking high among these is the poultry business of Patrick Murphy in Abbey Yard. Today it is headed by the brothers Patrick and Jim Murphy and, like hundreds of Newry shoppers I would call in there a few times a week.  I haven’t purchased my Christmas bird anywhere else either – since I returned to settle in my home town some thirty-three years ago! 

Besides fresh and cooked poultry, one can purchase a great variety of frozen foodstuffs, all at very reasonable prices. 

It has large, free-range eggs at

Leave a comment.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.