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Book revelations led to split in Murphy's family

Nick Bramhill

Published 29/10/2011 | 05:00

Michael Murphy and Terry O'Sullivan pictured at their civil partnership ceremony in June. Photo: Mark Condren
Michael Murphy and Terry O'Sullivan pictured at their civil partnership ceremony in June. Photo: Mark Condren

RTE newsreader Michael Murphy has won critical acclaim for his brutally honest best-selling autobiography -- but it has led to a bitter split in his family.

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In the book, 'At Five In The Afternoon', published two years ago, the 64-year-old gave a searingly honest account of his fight against prostate cancer.

But it was the disturbing revelations about his tough childhood, growing up as one of six brothers in Castlebar, Co Mayo, that angered his siblings.

Murphy, who entered into a civil partnership with his long-term gay partner Terry O'Sullivan earlier this year, said his brothers were particularly unhappy that he revealed details of a beating he received from his late father, Thomas, when he was just four.

The incident affected him so badly that he moved next door to live with his grandmother.

"Unfortunately it has affected our relationship very seriously," Murphy revealed.

Appearing as a guest at the Peace Project event in Kinsale, Co Cork, the newsreader insisted that his life had never been happier, after he won his battle against prostate cancer.

Irish Independent

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