We have a proud brewing history spanning over 160 years. Discover some of our key highlights.
A family business from the start, it all began in 1856 when James J. Murphy and his brothers sold their first business, the Midleton Distillery, to found the Lady’s Well brewery on Leitrim Street, Cork City.
A true entrepreneur, James J. guided our brewery to success for its first forty years, overseeing the building of the New Malt house in 1889 where we are still headquartered today.
Brewery celebrates its Golden Jubilee by taking all of the workers and their families on an excursion to Killarney.
In 1978, Murphy’s Brewery launched Heineken® into the Irish market with immediate success, gaining 9% share of the draught lager market in its first year.
Murphy’s Brewery becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of HEINEKEN N.V.
In 1989 Heineken® became the Number 1 lager in Ireland, a position we still hold & cherish to this day.
150th celebration of Murphy’s Brewery.
Another great Cork brewing dynasty Beamish & Crawford was acquired by HEINEKEN giving us another 216 years of brewing expertise.
160th celebration of Lady's well Brewery. The company continues to innovate and lead the way in the Irish market with our ever growing drinks portfolio.
Discover even more about James J. Murphy and our history in our mini series “Diarmuid’s Did You Know?”Watch local Cork historian, Diarmuid O’ Drisceoil take you on a journey of all things Murphy’s…
The Golden Jubilee
James J. Murphy & Banking
The Malt House
James J. Murphy and The GAA
James J. Murphy and Charity
Murphy's Green Bottles
The Black Eagle Of The North