New documentary and play on Joe Murphy goes live on 100th anniversary of his death

New documentary and play on Joe Murphy goes live on 100th anniversary of his death

UCC laid a wreath at the gate of the old Cork Men’s Gaol, now part of the UCC campus, recalling the anniversary of the deaths of Terence MacSwiney, Joseph Murphy, and Michael Fitzgerald. Photographed were: Dr Mervyn O'Driscoll, School of History, UCC, Professor John O’Halloran, Interim President, UCC and Dr. Niamh Connolly, President’s Office, UCC. Photo By Tomas Tyner, UCC.

A new documentary and play on Joe Murphy, who died following a hunger strike 100 years ago, has been made available to view.

The documentary/play package sheds light on Murphy, a man from Ballyphehane, who sacrificed his life on a hunger strike for fair trials.

Directed by Joe Murphy’s grandniece Shirley Kelleher, the documentary Joe Murphy, The Boy From Pouladuff, tells the courageous story of the young man, his family and their relentless efforts to honour his legacy.

My Unsung Hero is a play about the life of Joe Murphy and is written and produced by Maurice Dineen, co-written by Elizabeth Scanlon and directed by Catherine Mahon Buckley. The play is set around the kitchen table, where Joe Murphy’s mother, Nora Murphy recounts the adventures and challenges she and her son faced throughout the revolution.

The documentary went live on Cork City Council’s You Tube channel at 8pm on Sunday evening.

The community project was supported by Cork City Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. 

Earlier on Sunday, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh laid a wreath at Joe Murphy’s grave in St Finbarr’s cemetery to mark the anniversary of his death. 

Councillor Joe Kavanagh, Lord Mayor of Cork, laid a wreath at St. Finbarr's Cemetery, Cork, to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Joe Murphy who died on hunger strike in Cork Gaol. A wreath was also laid to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Terence MacSwiney who was Lord Mayor of Cork and died in Brixton Prison.
Councillor Joe Kavanagh, Lord Mayor of Cork, laid a wreath at St. Finbarr's Cemetery, Cork, to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Joe Murphy who died on hunger strike in Cork Gaol. A wreath was also laid to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Terence MacSwiney who was Lord Mayor of Cork and died in Brixton Prison.

University College Cork's interim President, John O’Halloran also laid a wreath at the gate of the old Cork Men’s Gaol, now part of the UCC campus, to remember the anniversary of the deaths of Terence MacSwiney, Joseph Murphy, and Michael Fitzgerald.

"One hundred years ago, this quiet intersection was the centre of an international storm. With this wreath laying we recall the deaths of Terence MacSwiney, Joseph Murphy, and Michael Fitzgerald, which occurred this week one hundred years ago, and honour their sacrifice for Irish independence. We also wish to remember the nine other republican prisoners who survived the hunger strike, albeit with physical and psychological scars," he said. 

Cork TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire paid tribute to Mr Murphy saying he is an “enormous source of pride in Corks Southside” and said great credit was due to his family and local community who greatly increased awareness of his life in recent years.

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