Born in 1922, Jack Murphy was the son of a fish merchant in one of Dublin’s busy markets – Capel St. He grew up in Dublin’s city centre during the 1930’s, which was a time of great change in Ireland.
Jack was only 17 at the outbreak of the Second World War and three years later he joined the RAF in Belfast. He was stationed in Hiroshima, Japan as a radar control officer. Having suffered a knee injury Jack was flown back to Britain in 1945.
Jack married Frances in 1950, they had 5 children and moved to the seaside village of Skerries, Co. Dublin. It was here that he launched his first business in the clothing industry. A small local factory, where he manufactured garments and delivered them around the capital. In those days, the whole process took place in the one factory, clothes were designed, cut, stitched, packaged and delivered.
Jack Murphy Clothing was set up in the 80's began to flourish in the selling of outdoor clothing and camping gear and it has evolved immensely over the past 35 years. Expanding out from these roots, the well established town and country clothing brand today produces collections that are still designed in Ireland. The company remains true to its core values as a family business bringing quality, style and sophistication to functional clothing. This ethos is representative of the man who inspired it all; Jack Murphy.