Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú was born in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, where he still lives. He is married to Una Ní Rónáin of Kilmaley, Co. Clare.
He first worked as a law clerk in his native town before taking up employment with Tipperary South Riding County Council in Clonmel. Later he took up the position as ‘Timire’ with Conradh na Gaeilge.
Labhrás Ó Murchú is currently Ardstiúrthóir with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann which is the Irish cultural movement organised in 15 countries on 4 continents. It provides services to over 3 million people each year.
He was first elected to Seanad Éireann on the Cultural and Educational Panel in 1997 and still holds the office of Senator today. In the Seanad, he is Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
At a local level, he served as a member of Cashel Urban Council for 18 years and was Cathaoirleach on a number of occasions. He has produced a number of plays and taught Irish and Céilí dancing in Co. Tipperary
He founded the cultural organisation Cumann an Phiarsaigh and is Cathaoirleach of Fondúireacht an Phiarsaigh, which honours the 1916 patriot Pádraic Pearse. He is also Cathaoirleach of the Irish Family History Foundation which provides an extensive genealogical service.
Senator Ó Murchú has received the Dublin Civic Honour Award, which was presented by the Mayor, Seán Dublin Bay Loftus, for his cultural and reconciliation work and has been named Tipperary Person of the Year both in Ireland and Britain.
He has accepted invitations to visit Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea, the United States, Canada and Britain, where he fulfilled several speaking engagements and represented Ireland at the Europe-Asia Conference in Singapore.
He is editor of the cultural magazine TREOIR.