21 January-Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy from Clonegal, Co Carlow, Ireland was a radio and television broadcaster. He was best known as the host of the weekly RTE programme Cross Country Quiz during the 1970’s. Through his involvement with farmers’ organisations he became well known throughout Ireland. He was often referred to as ‘the voice of rural Ireland’.

Peter David Murphy was born in Huntington, Clonegal Co Carlow in January 1923. He was educated locally and at Carnew Vocational School, Carnew Co Wexford. Having completed second level education he went on to graduate from Warrenstown Agricultural College in Drumree Co Meath. An active sportsman Murphy played handball and cricket. He also played Gaelic Football at all levels for County Carlow.

After graduation from Warrenstown Murphy became involved with Macra na Feirme, a voluntary rural youth organisation. He was appointed National Organiser of Macra na Feirme in 1953. He later played a leading role in the establishment of the National Farmers’ Association (now Irish Farmers Association) which was founded in Dublin on January 6th 1955.

Peter Murphy’s distinctive speaking voice made him a popular choice as presenter of many sponsored radio programmes between 1961 and 1979. Some of the companies for which he presented sponsored radio programmes, included the Irish Farmers Journal, ACC (Agricultural Credit Corporation) and Bank of Ireland.

However, it was through television that Murphy was to become most widely recognised. His big break came as a presenter on the 1960s agricultural series Landmark on RTE. This led to the roles of question-master and question-setter from 1969 to 1973 on the Cross Country Quiz TV programme. He compiled 14 quiz books based on the series between 1973 and 1988. Though Murphy retired in 1992 he still continued for many years to act as quizmaster at venues all over Ireland. He died at the age of 88 on June 3rd 2011.

Peter Murphy was born in Huntington, Clonegal Co Carlow in the year 1923 On This Day.

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