John also worked for Emerald Isle Trucking Company in New
York. In 1996, John moved to Marco Island, Florida where his
sister Teresa had been living for a number of years. He immediately
went to work for Irish Brogue Moving Company on Marco and
also kept his bartending skills up by working at Septembers
night club for a couple of years.
It was there that he met
Michael O'Regan from Kerry, and they both teamed up to turn
what used to be an antique store into the now infamous Paddy
Murphy's on Fifth Avenue South. Together they built the bar
from the ground up importing mahogany and bar rails from home,
giving Paddy Murphy's an authentic Irish feeling. John's wife
Martina is from Bawnboy, County Cavan. They have one son Shane.