A native of Drogheda and member of the IRB, Peter Murphy worked as a printer in Liverpool before returning to Ireland in 1916 to participate in the Easter Rising. He joined the Kimmage Garrison in the GPO and manned one of the windows at the beginning of the week. He took shelter in a stable off Moore Street following the evacuation and was later interned in Stafford Jail, Wormwood Scrubbs and Frongoch prison camp. Released in December 1916, Murphy rejoined the Irish Volunteers, transferring from Dublin to Wexford and finally to Drogheda, where he was appointed adjutant of B Company during the War of Independence. He remained neutral during the Civil War.
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