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Long live Dervla Murphy


  • Registered Users Posts: 399 ✭✭ Cetyl Palmitate

    Very sad. The financial times had an interview with her recently. She came across still full of mischief. RIP

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,725 ✭✭✭✭ ednwireland

    Full Tilt : Ireland to India with a Bicycle

    is a great read, essential touring equipment "a gun"


    My weather

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,371 ✭✭✭ Mefistofelino

    RTE's "Sunday Miscellany" had a birthday tribute to her last November - don't know if it still available. To describe her as just "cyclist" and a "travel writer" would be to do her a serious injustice. The "non-cycling" Dervla was an even more impressive person than "cycling" Dervla. In the tribute program, Palestinian writer and lawyer Raja Shehadeh spoke of how Dervla would not live or travel any differently to the Palestinians amongst whom she was living, even if safer or easier options were available to her.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,879 ✭✭✭ RobertFoster

    RTE's "Sunday Miscellany" had a birthday tribute to her last November - don't know if it still available.

    I must reread Full Tilt.

  • Registered Users Posts: 214 ✭✭ pdpmur

    Her humanity, humility and courage shine through in her books which are somewhat timeless.

    A life very well lived - she definitely ploughed her own furrow.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 462 ✭✭ tmh106

    A good person gone. As the previous poster said , a life very well lived to put it mildly. RIP.

  • Registered Users Posts: 120 ✭✭ doiredoire

    'Through the Embers of Chaos: Balkan Journeys', her book about cycling around the former Yugoslav republics was a masterpiece

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,264 ✭✭✭ boardise

    One of my most admired Irish people. She toured around N Ir at the height of the vicious imbroglio that engulfed it throughout the 1970s. I learnt a lot from the resulting book- A PLACE APART. A woman of courage , skill and deep humanity who wisely eschewed the shallowness of fame.

    Wish we had more like her around today.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,223 ✭✭✭ Furze99

    It's many years since I too read A Place Apart and it was an eye opener for a southerner. I can only remember the overall tone of it, but I dare say a fair number of the insights would still be relevant today.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,916 ✭✭✭ JMcL

    Very sad news. RIP. RTE had a good documentary a few years ago with her at her home in Lismore talking about her life. It may be on the player, but a quick search has turned nothing up (not to say it's not there). Not a good week for Irish culture with the passing of Cathal Coughlan as well

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,032 ✭✭✭ Tombo2001

    A truly incredible person