Late quizmaster Murphy had acting career dream
Published 10/06/2011 | 05:00
THE quizmaster and broadcaster Peter Murphy had dreamed of being an actor, mourners at his funeral were told yesterday.
He never followed that dream -- but constantly urged his children to follow theirs.
His son John told the congregation at Star of the Sea Church in Sandymount, Dublin, that his father's only regret in a very full and successful life was not taking a shot at acting.
Mr Murphy passed away suddenly at his Dublin home on Friday at the age of 88.
Encouraged by his parents to follow a different path than acting, he had attended agricultural college as a young man and later went on to present farming shows on Radio Eireann including 'Country Call', 'Meet the People' and 'Around the Country'. He will be best remembered for his TV shows 'Landmark' and 'Cross Country Quiz', which were broadcast on RTE throughout the '70s.
In his homily, Fr John McDonagh, parish priest of Sandymount, said Mr Murphy was "central to what was good about rural Ireland".
Mr Murphy's ever-popular crosswords were a feature of the Farming Independent for the past 20 years and he also wrote the crossword for the Sunday Independent, as well as publishing numerous crossword puzzle books.