Murphy of Ireland – Part of Donegal’s Past, Present and Future

Image of a man in a suit, with a girl on either side of him dressed in cream jumpers and grey peaked caps offer a wide range of Irish clothing including Donegal Handwoven Tweeds, Aran Sweaters, Irish Linen, and Traditional Grandfather Shirts and Nightshirts, all of which are sourced in Donegal.

Margaret Murphy opened her drapery business on Ballybofey’s Main Street in 1939. Specialising in Donegal Tweed and Irish Linen, she quickly established a loyal international clientele. 75 years later, her grandsons, Paul and Conor continue to uphold Margaret’s commitment to service and quality.

Conor, having emigrated to New York in 1989, runs the North American office, while Paul is based in the original building in Ballybofey. Together they take pride in promoting and offering the best that Donegal has to offer through their website 

Murphy of Ireland has been supporting the Donegal Craft industry since 1939 and has delighted its many customers around the world with the quality and skilled workmanship evident in every product. Having established the Murphy of Ireland website in 2001, Conor views it as a unique opportunity to maintain a strong link to Donegal and its people: “Having lived in the US for almost 25 years, I have a great appreciation of our Irish heritage. I take tremendous pride in the fact that Donegal can compete on the world stage in terms of quality and craftsmanship”. 

Although predominantly an e-commerce business, Paul and Conor have the privilege of daily interaction with customers all over the world, regularly dispensing advice and assistance in matters such as travel, genealogy and heritage. They work hard to promote Donegal and all that it has to offer.

Though she could not have predicted Internet commerce, Margaret would not be surprised by Murphy's continued success online. For practically its entire existence, a loyal following of Murphy customers living elsewhere have kept the business busy sending fine clothing all over the world.

Murphy of Ireland has produced this interactive StoryMap called 'Traditional Textile Crafts of Ireland' which you can view at this link: