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Nellie Murphy’s childhood home, now in ruins, in Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland. She was the youngest of 14 children who lived in this home.

Emigrating from Ireland to America

Archbishop Murphy’s parents, Bartholomew and Ellen (Nellie), emigrated from Ireland to America in search of opportunity and a better way of life. Bartholomew made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean in 1908. He arrived at Ellis Island in New York, NY at the age of 28. Nellie came to America’s shores in 1910. She was 19 and also entered America at Ellis Island. Ironically, both shared the identical surname: Murphy. Bartholomew and Nellie were born and raised in small towns thirty miles apart in County Kerry, which is located in the southwest corner of Ireland. Mr. Murphy was from Boolteens while Mrs. Murphy hailed from Cahersiveen. Their paths never crossed back home in the old country. They met in Chicago and were married on June 27, 1923.

Click here to view video footage of the Southwest coast of Ireland filmed from the edge of the land owned by Ellen (Nellie) Murphy’s family in Cahersiveen, County Kerry.

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