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NEW WORKS?Michael Murphy’s new poetry collection, ‘A Chaplet of Roses’ is being released this month.

Ciara Moynihan

‘A Chaplet of Roses’ is the second collection of poetry from bestselling author and former RTÉ News anchor Michael Murphy.
Murphy, originally from The Mall in Castlebar, now has a psychoanalyst practice in Sandyford, Dublin. His Mayo roots remain strong, however, and his new collection includes poems permeated with memories of and musings on the county, including ‘Home to Mayo’. The titular poem, ‘The Chaplet of Roses’, is dedicated to his mother, Sue, who passed away in Castlebar in May of this year. Other themes include death, inequality and love, while the tone fluctuates from meditative to questioning to humorous.    
Murphy’s first work ‘The Republic of Love’ (2013) was the first poetry book to enter the top ten list since Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize, and Murphy has been described by the Irish Independent as ‘an author of importance’.
In her foreward to his latest collection, Dr Jeannine Woods of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, NUI Galway, says “Michael’s poetry expresses truths at once deeply personal and universal in their resonances. His poems continue to flower in the heart and mind long after we close the pages of this beautiful book.” Murphy is well-known as an award-winning newscaster and television producer/director with RTE, and latterly from his psychoanalytic residency on The Today Show. His highly acclaimed literary memoir, ‘At Five in the Afternoon – My Battle with Male Cancer’, was published in 2009, and was a No 1 bestseller. A sequel, ‘The House of Pure Being’, was published in 2013, and reached the top ten. The third and final part of that trilogy, ‘Lemons and the Waning Moon’, will be published in 2016.
Dr Jeannine Woods, of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, NUI Galway, will officially launch ‘A Chaplet of Roses’ in Hodges Figgis, Dublin, on November 19, at 6pm. Readings on the night will be performed by Michael Murphy, RTÉ’s Eileen Dunne, journalist Emer O’Kelly and presenter Ciana Campbell.