Patrick was born and raised in Ireland, has 7 brothers and sisters, in order: Valerie, Thomas, Catherine, Terrie, Patrick, Peter, Paul and Genevieve. His mother and father are Nora and Noel and are still living in Cork. Noel served in the US Army from 1959 to 1961 and Nora was a flight attendant for American Airlines. They immigrated back to the Ireland in 1964. SO along with Frank McCourt they are the only people to immigrate BACK to Ireland from the US.
He was born October 20th 1970 (Librarian, Moon in Taurus, Guinness rising). Christened plain old Patrick Murphy. Wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a dustbin (the closest thing they have to a manger in his part of Cork City). He attended St Patrick's National Boys School on Gardener's Hill where he was piggyback champion for 3 years straight. Was admitted to St Finbarr's Seminary at the age of 11 because his older brother Thomas was a star student there (He simply wasn't smart enough to get in). He was greeted at the main office door by one Fr. Wright who is better know these days as Finbarr Wright in the 'Three Irish Tenors'. That's the truth, really!
This early musical connection was to mark him for life and ultimately led to his less respectable association with Gaelic Storm. Patrick spent 3 years of his life drinking at the bars on the college campus of University College Cork and FINALLY in a moment of truth, he signed his last signature in UCC on June 14th at approximately 4:58pm. He went out and had a few drinks with the lads, went home, packed his bags, drove to Shannon Airport with his parents and got on a Delta MD-ll to Atlanta, Georgia. Less than 48 hours after leaving the Emerald Isle he had already hugged his first palm tree on Ocean Boulevard over looking Santa Monica & Malibu. Later that afternoon he was sitting on the Pacific Coast Highway with his sister Catherine Mary Murphy, munching on his first Chef Salad and enjoying the waves of the glorious Pacific Ocean. Several years, and numerous pints later, Patrick found himself the manager of O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Santa Monica.
One of his favorite bar stories:
"On opening night a beach bum walked into the bar. We said sorry we're not open just yet, we'll open the doors at 6pm. He said he was just dropping off a good luck gift for the bar and just wanted to say hello. The bum was a neighbor and wanted to thank us by opening a bar 1-1/2 blocks from his abode. The beach bum was Steve Twigger and the gift was a framed Guinness poster and to this day is still hanging on the walls of O'Brien's on Main Street in Santa Monica. In other words Twigger was looking for free booze."
O'Brien's is warmed by the sea air, a dark back room filled with the smell of old Guinness and old Guinness drinkers, this was the ideal environment to incubate the band you all know as Gaelic Storm. (The band would never have been allowed to play there if Patrick had not also been the manager! To be honest, he still regrets hiring them for that first gig!) Patrick serves his time as front man and lead vocalist for the band, also playing harmonica, accordion, and spoons. As one of his band members recently said of him: "He's either a comic genius or certifiably insane...