Founded by Joe Murphy and based in Kilkenny, we are the importers and distributors of agricultural machinery for Ireland. With a national dealer network to provide local sales and service for our product range which includes Kubota Tractors and Loaders, Kubota Utility and Recreational vehicles, Berthoud Mounted, Trailed and Self-propelled Sprayers, Alpego Seeders, Power Harrows Subsoilers and Shredders, Rousseau Hedgecutters, Monosem Seed and Vegetable Planters. We also sell the Vicon range of Balers Mowers and Spreaders and the Abbey range of Agricultural Equipment. We are the Authorised Dealer for the southeast for the Toyota Forklifts and BT Warehouse and Materials handling equipment as well as the Manitou range of rough terrain, agricultural telehandlers and telescopic construction machinery.
We also provide a complete stock of spare parts within our parts department for all our agricultural and industrial products, as well as a fully mobile fleet of service technicians to provide a comprehensive after sales and repair service.
Murphy Machinery was founded by Joe Murphy who was born in Graiguenamanagh, Co.Kilkenny, the son of a Farmer.
He started up in business in the Commons, Co.Tipperary, in 1947 and then moved from Rearcross to Littleton, Thurles in 1953.
As a general merchant at this time he became aware of a successful Dutch fertilizer spreader being sold in Ireland by Lister, and wondered if anything similar was available in Holland.
A telephone conversation to the Dutch Embassy bought a rapid response from PJ Zweegers (PZ himself).
Zweegers was prepared to send three of his long-box pan and flicker spreaders on a sale-or-return basis, an unusual practice at this time. The machine proved to be an excellent performer.
By 1956 Joe had been appointed PZ importer, a franchise which the company still holds.
The PZ fertilizer spreader became market leader within three years. Later following the success of PZ, Vicon, another leading Dutch manufacture, approached Joe and offered the Vicon Franchise.
In 1980 Murphy's were appointed a Massey-Ferguson dealer and during this decade they became importers of the Kverneland plough franchise. They bought the former Mahon and Mc Phillips premises in Kilkenny and became importers of Fendt tractors and Mengele harvesters as well.
Joe Murphy retired from active business life during the eighties, and his sons Pat and Fintan, led the rapid expansion of the company transforming it from an importer / distributor of specialized, volume-selling implements to a complex group involved in importing, distributing and retailing agricultural machinery.
They also diversified and developed the industrial and materials division to Include Toyota and Manitou forklifts.