Lack School - 1863 to 1975

A History of the School and its Pupils
by James Hehir


9. Occupation of Parents

(b) The Last of the Trades - Jack Murphy, Lack - Tailor

Jack Murphy at 90 years of age

Jack Murphy at 90 years of age

The last survivor of the trades in the area was Jack Murphy the local tailor. Jack is listed as having registered at Lack school in 1907 after transferring from Lissycasey. The family moved from Leimnaleha to Lack at that time.
He learned the trade from his father and continued to practice up to the early 1960s providing the local population with made-to-measure clothes.
Jack and his father provided one of the most popular meeting houses in the area where the local male population spent the long Winter nights telling stories and discussing national and local affairs. His patrons included two famous local personalities - Jack McInerney and Jack McMahon.
Jack Murphy was probably the only past pupil from Lack School to be awarded an Old IRA medal, marking his role in the war of Independence.
Jack Murphy died on the 21 February 1990 at 95 years of age.