Murphy Ireland
John G Murphy, Managing Director, Murphy Ireland, and President, CECA.

Murphy Ireland is a leading multi-disciplinary engineering and construction company that directly employs over 530 engineers, designers, technicians, managers, and operatives.

Murphy’s Irish operations have been headquartered in Newbridge, Co Kildare since 1968. Over the past 50-plus years, it has built a reputation for quality and excellence, offering industry-leading services in civil engineering, transport infrastructure, piling, tunnelling, structural steel, pipe fabrication and weld testing services, as well as fully integrated turnkey solutions to both the municipal and industrial water sectors, encompassing all aspects of design, construction, and operation and maintenance.

John G Murphy, Managing Director, Murphy Ireland, says that the contractor had a similar experience to many other contractors in 2020, in that its turnover was negatively impacted by Covid-19. “But it was a testament to the strength of our offering that we managed to grow turnover during the pandemic.”

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Murphy Ireland expansion

Managing Director John G Murphy comments. “As the business grows to meet the infrastructural needs of the country, we continue to adhere to our self-delivery model. Our workforce is highly skilled and productive and fully wedded to our culture of safety and quality, delivering projects efficiently for our clients whilst achieving our goal of zero harm.”


Murphy Ireland projects

Recent projects include the Ringsend Phosphorous Fixation Project for Irish Water, the Dodder Greenway for South Dublin County Council, Blackglen Road Improvement Scheme for Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council and the Bewsey Bridge for the UK’s Network Rail. This is a small sample of the varied work Murphy Ireland is now engaged in.

In 2021, Murphy Ireland was also awarded the NSWC Contract y Gas Networks Ireland for Lot 2 – System Operations & Ancillary Services. This contract, along with the Northern Ireland Operate and Maintain contract previously awarded, means that Murphy now covers the maintenance and upgrades on the GNI gas transmission network throughout the island of Ireland.

This year Murphy signed an eight-year framework with South East Water in the UK for its Major Capital Works programme. This programme involves the design and delivery of upgrades to South East Water’s major infrastructure and non-infrastructure treatment facilities.

Murphy Ireland has offices in Grange Hall, Newry, Citywest and Newbridge. The company enjoys trusted and longstanding relationships with clients such as Gas Networks Ireland, Irish Water and Aughinish Alumina Ltd.

Murphy Ireland also manufactures a broad range of items, including steel bridges and other bespoke works at its steel fabrication facility in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

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Bewsey Bridge, which was fabricated by the Murphy Ireland Steel division in Newbridge, Co Kildare before being transported to the UK for the Murphy Group’s Network Rail Project.
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The Ringsend Phosphorous Fixation Project for Irish Water in Dublin.
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The official opening of the Stillorgan Reservoir Upgrade for Irish Water.

Direct delivery

Murphy Ireland’s self-delivery model is a major advantage, allowing the complete company control of the programme, quality, and safety of its projects. However, John G. Murphy attributes the true success of this model’s implementation to the Murphy Ireland team.

“The driving force behind our success is ultimately our people,” John G Murphy explains. Murphy has a reputation for looking after our employees, and for good reason; our people are our greatest asset. Our values are often what make people want to work for us and stay with us, so we strive to incorporate them into everything that we do.”


Murphy is committed to delivering a positive and lasting legacy. The company has been investing heavily in its green plant and vehicle fleet in recent years and has aggressive plans to reach carbon neutrality as soon as possible.

“As part of our Murphy@75 Sustainability Strategy, Murphy Ireland is committed to protecting biodiversity and striving for net positive impact on biodiversity across all company activities,” John G Murphy adds. “To complement our work in this area, across our projects and sites, a number of the Murphy Ireland team have undertaken a bee-keeping course to tend to our growing number of beehives. We have also recently installed wildflower landscaping at our head office in Newbridge, Co Kildare, which we hope to see in full bloom throughout the summer. We have reduced the amount of grass cutting, which takes place throughout the year to enable the creation of meadow landscapes and all of our water treatment plants are pesticide-free,” John G Murphy concludes.

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Steel fabricator Anthony O’Shea, who is one of a number of employees that have completed a beekeeping course, tends a hive at Murphy Ireland’s headquarters in Kildare.
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Murphy Ireland has installed solar panels on office and container roofs.

No 11: Murphy Ireland

ADDRESS: Great Connell, Newbridge, Co Kildare.

PHONE: 045 431384


LINKEDIN: Murphy Ireland

KEY EXECUTIVES: John G Murphy, Managing Director.

KEY ACTIVITIES: Civil Engineering, Water, Natural Resources, Power, Ground Engineering, Structural Steel.

YEAR END: 31/12/2021

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