Farm Ireland

Saturday 20 January 2018

Rural Ireland loses voice as legendary Murphy dies

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

HIS crosswords were loved by Farming Independent readers but quizmaster Peter Murphy was praised this week for his contribution to agriculture and rural life.

The broadcaster passed away at his home in Castlepark, Sandymount, on June 3. He was 88 and had just returned home from a holiday in Connemara.

Although he had lived in Dublin for years, Peter never lost contact with his home in Clonegal, Co Carlow, and he and his wife Bridie were frequent visitors to the family homestead. In his youth he played inter-county football with Carlow at right-half-back and had the reputation of being speedy.

His son John revealed at his funeral mass on Thursday that his father had only one regret, he had really wanted to be an actor but was persuaded to follow a more secure career path by his worried parents.

"Dad always encouraged us to follow our dreams and be happy," John recalled.

Peter attended Warrenstown Agricultural College but really came to prominence in his role as national organiser of Macra na Feirme in the 1950s.

However, it was his work as a broadcaster that earned him the title 'the voice of rural Ireland'.

Peter was laid to rest in St Brigid's Old Cemetery in the family plot. He is survived by his wife Bridie, sons John and Peter, daughters Tina and Shirley and two grandchildren.

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•As a mark of respect, there will be no crossword in this week's paper.

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