Pat Nolan Blog

Celebrating with Seamus

After just 30 years’ service at The Cherrytree in Walkinstown, County Dublin, barman Seamus Murphy got his official ‘start’ in the trade recently.

The Holycross, County Tipp native has served customers at The Cherrytree for the past three decades having originally been despatched for just a weekend while working with Murtagh Properties, a division of Guinness Ireland at the time (now Diageo Ireland). Seamus saw out that weekend… and quite a few more!

A committed Tipp hurling fan, Seamus is not easily put off and sees his workdays through in a noted Dubs stronghold. Nevertheless, he’s only famous for being himself on a daily basis and as such is fondly regarded there.

Seamus took full part in the 30th anniversary of his ‘start’, arriving into the bar on a ‘High Nelly’ bike with an old battered suitcase tied to the back.

In front of a full House at The Cherrytree, he removed the case from the bike (and the bicycle clips from his ankles, we wonder?), placed case on counter and asked for a “start” as he might have done 30 years previously.

This time The House was on hand to conduct an interview.

A vote was taken afterward and Seamus was publicly endorsed by The Cherrytree’s customers for the ‘start’.

One good man holds up another. Seamus Murphy (centre) holding the Sam Maguire Cup.


Celebrations moved up a gear in the newly-refurbished premises when the Chairman of local GAA club Robert Emmets called on Seamus to usher in a very special guest, for Sam Maguire was to be left out of the celebrations and a great cheer rose when Seamus and Sam came into the bar arm-in-arm.


Later, The House presented Seamus with a signed jersey from the Tipp Senior Hurlers following which Seamus lost little time in donning it and going for a dance on the counter.


The House formulated a policy in the aftermath………. When you have 30 years served, you can dance where you like….




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