RAMSGRANGE NATIVE John Murphy has been named 'Man of the Year' by the County Wexford Association in New York city.
The ninth child of Breda and Paddy Murphy moved to America in 1993 to study and now lives on the upper west side of Manhattan with his wife, Carly, and their two-yearold son, James Franklin.
The organisation, which is over 100 years old, honoured John at its annual dinner dance which took place recently at New York's famed Gaelic Park.
President of the association, Breda Cahill, described John as 'a worthy honouree based on his numerous contributions to the Irish and Irish-American communities in New York'.
John studied history at the Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania before he went on to earn a law degree from the prestigious University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
During his time in the Big Apple, he has worked with some of the world's largest legal firms and is currently serving as a leader in the Irish American Bar Association of New York.
In 2002, he founded the Young Irish Lawyers Group and then, in 2006, he cofounded the Irish Network-NYC.
But he didn't stop there, and in 2010 he made this group a national organisation. He is currently co-chair of more than 16 Irish networks across America.
This award is not the first time that his commitment to the Irish-American community was honored. In 2009, he received an honour from the New York City Council.
Described as a man who is proud of his Wexford roots, he was praised for his work in supporting the strong Irish presence in New York.