I had understood that Murphy’s Brewery commenced in 1856 – after all it is on the plaque on the wall and in the advertising slogan (as well as the previous advertising before the S was added)
Then I spotted the sign at The Bridge House Bar in Mallow and wondered. Sean Beecher’s book also mentions 1854.
Murphy’s website says that the site of the foundling hospital was purchased in 1854 but that brewing did not commence until 1856.
This may be an excuse to warrant stopping for a high stool discussion at The Bridge House for any history on the date on the gable.
‘P32 – “Hewitt’s distillery, until it amalgamated with the Cork Distilleries company, was in Watercourse Road. Murphy’s Brewery was established in 1854……in the Watercourse Road area situated on the site of an old Foundling Hospital”’