A WOMEN shared how a pub owner in Co Mayo saved her father’s life when he was 14 years old working in London.
Fiona Murphy, now living in Chicago, said her father was just recovering from polio when he moved to London to work to support his mother financially.
In the post, she said: “My father had to leave his hometown in Mayo at the age of 14 to take up a job digging ditches in London.
“But he was very sick, had just recovered from polio, and could barely stand for long.
“He came to England with the desire to earn money to help his mother return home but coughed up blood and almost collapsed.”
The 50-year-old added: “The man who owns this pub in Swinford, P Moore, is in charge of him at this location. He often hides it from my father and makes excuses that ‘I sent John to work. errands for me’ whenever the higher-ups were around.
“The owner of this pub most likely saved my father’s life, saved that kid who dug his own grave to take care of his mother.”
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And Fiona told the Irish Sun that pub owner Paddy Moore was the “hero of this story” for taking care of her father when he was 14.
She said: “A man, with his own burden weighing heavily on his shoulders, had the grace and decency to risk his own safety by protecting my father.
“I have no doubt that my father would die, just as sick as he was then, if he were forced to work constantly when he was sick – but he would try to do it anyway, because he is all I have to rely on.
“Paddy Moore gave up on that devastating decision and in doing so, our family can be here today.”
And she added that if she ever got a chance to talk to Paddy, she would thank him for her father’s life as well as her own.
She also received a reply from Paddy’s son Ciaran Moore on Twitter, who said the story brought him to tears after reading it.
Meanwhile, Fiona explained that her father later moved to the US and worked for giants like Paramount, Disney and 20th Century Fox.
John Murphy sadly passed away at the age of 74 in May 1998, and was head of Projection Engineering at 20th Century Fox until several years before his death.
Fiona told us: “He was extremely hungry for knowledge and much of it came in the form of other people’s experiences.
“He would sit next to a child and listen to what they would say with the same respect and care that he would one of his oldest friends. He also gobbles up anything. related to space exploration – cosmological theories, rocket engineering… he knows it all.
“He loved to learn from books, from experience and from the stories of others. He was completely self-taught, an education that began simply by taking apart old dilapidated radios he found at school. railroad tracks in Charlestown and put them together.”
She added: “He did what he could with what he had at the time, and that ended up bringing him to Los Angeles.”
And Chicago woman Fiona said she couldn’t imagine what her father had to go through while working in London.
She said: “I’ve tried to imagine it many times and it’s really just that – imagination. I can’t really connect with what that feeling must be like because it’s all so overwhelming. when trying to walk those steps in your mind.
“I stopped so many times over the course of my three children’s 14 years and just sat with the thought that they were stepping off the boat – barely upright, feeble – to wade through month after month of labor. Hardship in horrible conditions and my mind just touched the trip rope.
“It was horrifying that I couldn’t get through a certain part of the story.”
She also said her father never talked about the fear he faced as a child, as he always said other people made it worse.
According to Fiona, John’s father will only remember his boss at the time, Paddy Moore, and how much he missed home.
She said: “What he said focused on just three things: the kindness of his boss (Paddy Moore, as we know it) and the time that wonderful man had to go to. protected him on the construction site saved my father’s life, how much he missed his mother and worried for her alone, and how he would fall asleep at night when he dreamed of Nephin, the mountain which he loved so much.
“And the noise. He was never used to the constant buzz of London. He said he was never really alone with his own thoughts.
“Even in the quiet of the night, there would be noise outside the windows and people banging up and down the stairs to get into a toilet that about a dozen of them shared.”
John Murphy now rests on Mount Nephin in Mayo, where, according to Fiona, “the people I love, the land I love, are all in the shadow of that mountain”.
And the business and nonprofit consultant says Mayo is her home, at least in her heart, while she still lives in the US.
She plans to move to Ireland when she has the ability, but said she will visit again in August.
“Mayo is now home to me, at least in my heart, while I’m here in the States,” she said.
“But in the end, when my son finishes school, he will be home in every sense of the word.”
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