Crossword supremo Murphy passes away
TRIBUTES have been pouring in for former RTE presenter and Farming Independent crossword supremo Peter Murphy, who passed away at the weekend.
Mr Murphy, who was 88, was known throughout the country as a voice of rural Ireland and presented RTE's television farming programme Landmark.
A native of Clonegal, Co Carlow, he composed crosswords for the Farming Independent, Sunday Independent and Farmers Monthly, and wrote 14 quiz books during the 1970s and 1980s.
Mr Murphy was selected by Radio Eireann to compere Country Quiz in December 1951 but, to the disappointment of listeners, had to resign from the programme owing to illness. However, he came back to compere the TV show Cross Country Quiz.
He was appointed National Organiser to Macra na Feirme in 1953 and was involved in the setting up of the National Farmers Association, now the IFA, in 1956.
IFA president John Bryan said farmers would be saddened to hear the news of Mr Murphy's passing, who he described as a champion of rural Ireland and a superb communicator.