by Robert L. Harrison

The Irish are well known for grand celebrations and for their long history of observant Roman Catholics. One of Marin’s first Irish settlers, Timothy Murphy (1800–1853), followed this tradition with great gusto and inspired generosity. Throughout his life he held boisterous enjoyable celebrations and on his death bed he confirmed his belief in the “Holy Catholic Faith.” As described by Jack Mason is his book, Early Marin, “Of all our Marin pioneers Murphy stands tallest in legend.”

Murphy was born in County Wexford, Ireland, and later as a young lad he found commercial work in Dublin…

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