It features academic essays by former students, Maurice Bric, Liam Irwin, Maura Cronin and Laurence M. Geary, together with essays and tributes from former colleagues, Joe Lee, Desmond Clarke and Tom Dunne. These reflect Professor Murphy's own diverse research interests, ranging from seventeenth-century politics and ideology, to nineteenth-century religion and society, to twentieth-century nationalism .The essay by his daughter, Cliona Murphy marks, t only the passing of the flame to ather generation, but a recent collaboration in research and writing. Contributions by Emmet Larkin, Lawrence J. McCaffrey, James S. Donnelly Jr., and Owen Dudley Edwards celebrate key friendships and hour his role in promoting Irish Studies in the United States of America and Great Britain, and in establishing the Irish Studies International Summer School at U.C.C. His political contribution is houred by Cor Cruise O'Brien and Eoghan Harris, while a poem by Paul Durcan, reflections on Irish traditional music by Tomas O Canainn and an engaging memoir by Ruth Dudley Edwards and Una O'Doghue mark other aspects of the public man. The listing of John A Murphy's publications include his more important newspaper and periodical contributions, his Senate and other significant public speeches, as well as his scholarly writings.
Tom Dunne is Emeritus Professor of History at U.C.C. His Rebellions:memoir, memory and 1798 was published in 2004. Laurence M. Geary is a Lecturer in History in U.C.C. and author of Medicine and Charity in Ireland 1718-1851, also in 2004.