JNEWS: Murphy, James [MC1962] Director Emeritus Irish Studies Villanova



NUI GalwayHonorary Doctorate awarded to son of Leitrim native Philip Rooney
17 Nov 20170

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Every year NUI Galway awards honorary degrees to a small number of individuals who have distinguished themselves in various walks of life.

This year the governing Authority of NUI Galway invited Professor James Murphy to accept the Degree of Doctor of Literature, in recognition of his commitment to promoting Irish Studies globally and developing cultural and academic relations between Ireland and the United States.

Professor Jim Murphy is Director Emeritus of the Irish Studies Program at Villanova University. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1940 of Irish parents. His mother was Kathleen Sloyan from Ballyhaunis and his father was Patrick Joseph Murphy from Aughakiltubrid, Cloone, Co. Leitrim. That background shaped his connection to Ireland, especially the West, and subtly led him to his academic career.

“I didn’t realise it at the time, but Ireland was always in the air of my growing up. I breathed in a world of brogues and ballads, and out of that raw material of Irish voices, I gravitated to Irish writers and felt at home there. I was always a reader, but in college I first read Joyce and Yeats. I found there voices and a world that I knew at once. It was all over for me.”

The first in his family to go to upper-level study, he did his academic work at Manhattan College (B.A.), Niagara University (M.A.), and Temple University (Ph.D.). His doctoral work was ‘The Book of Kells, James Joyce, and the Irish Literary Tradition’.

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Murphy, James [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I belive that James is a member of the class of 1962.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murphy, James [MC1962]

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