Family’s connection set in stone at christening

A CHRISTENING took place in St Patrick’s Church in the city on the afternoon of September 16 that had a particular significance for one local family.

A CHRISTENING took place in St Patrick’s Church in the city on the afternoon of September 16 that had a particular significance for one local family.

Not only was it a special occasion in its own right, but also because the holy water fonts outside the church were made by the baby’s great-great-grandfather, Edward Murphy, back in the 1890s as his masterpiece when he was finishing his apprenticeship as a stone cutter.

From Greatoak, Callan, Edward’s son John Murphy was also a sculptor, and likewise John’s son Eddie – who is the grandfather of the newly baptised baby, John James.

Eddie’s son John Murphy, and John’s son Eddie was baptised in the same church two years ago. On this occasion, it was little Eddie’s cousin John James Fogarty’s turn to be christened. The son of Noreen and Mick Fogarty, John James is also a grandson of “big Eddie” and Jim Fogarty the well driller, and eight of the grandchildren gathered in the church for the occasion on Sunday.