Michael J. Murphy centenary weekend

August 12, 2013

Michael J. Murphy, the renowned folklorist, writer, broadcaster and socialist republican was born in Liverpool in 1913 and came home to Dromintee, south Armagh,in 1922.

To mark the centenary Cuimhneamh Oral History Group, in conjunction with Newry and Mourne Council, is sponsoring a weekend in his honour in Ti Chulainn Cultural Centre, An Mullach Ban, South Armagh, on November 15-17 2013.

There will be a number of lectures by noted academics who worked with Michael and have studied his work, an exhibition of Michael’s own photographs and letters and a tour of some of the locations identified with his writings.

Michael J. collected what is probably the largest collection of oral tradition in the English-speaking world and ranged over ‘Old Ulster’—from Rathlin to the Boyne and from Sooey in Sligo to Loughinisland in Co. Down

His photographs reflect his travels in this area and span the period from the 1930s to the 1980s.  For example,there are photographs from Rathlin, Ballycastle, The Antrim Glens, Cavan, Fermanagh, The Sperrins, The Mournes, Omeath, Dundalk, Newry, Armagh City, Carrickmacross and Scotstown as well as his native south Armagh.This exhibition of upwards of one hundred photographs will be mounted in the Ti Chulainn Centre during the weekend.There will also be on display letters from Michael and to him by some of the leading cultural and literary figures of the twentieth century.

On Friday evening, November 15th, there will be a civic reception and the launch of a new edition of Michael’s first book,’At Slieve Gullion’s Foot,’ which was published in 1941.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to listen to some of his radio broadcasts and view some of the TV programmes made about his life.

The entire weekend is open to the public and is free of any charge.