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Michael J Murphy Winter School

The Michael J Murphy Winter School is the idea of commemorating the work of Michael J. Murphy in his native south Armagh began in may 1992 when An Cumann le Bealoideas Eireann (the Folklore of Ireland Society) decided to hold its annual ‘Tionol’ in Aras an Phobail, an Mullach Ban.

In may 1999 a local committee, based in the newly opened Ti Chulainn Cultural Activity Center, organised a Michael J Murphy Winter School under the title ‘The Rural Landscape in the New Millenium’ and followed up in May 2000 with the theme ‘The Literature of the Land’ in Dromintee GAA social club and Ti Chulainn.

After a lapse of a number of years the Cuimhneamh Oral History group based in the rejuvenated Ti Chulainn Centre marked the centenary of Michael J’s birth in 1913 by re-issuing his first book ‘At Slieve Gullion’s Foot’ at a Michael J Murphy Winter School, which featured an exhibition of his outstanding photographs. It continued with a similar event in November 2014 and in November 2015 when the theme was ‘A Sense of Place’ and also saw the introduction of ‘The Michael J. Murphy short story competition’.

The Michael J. Murphy winter school has now become an essential highlight in the cultural calendar.

Michael J. Murphy Winter School 2017 A Resounding Success

Update published on: December 4, 2017

The Micheal J. Murphy Winter School which took place in Ti Chulainn Cultural Centre, Mullaghbane, South Armagh, on November 24th and 25th 2017 was remarkably successful in relation to the numbers of people attending and in the intellectual stimulation provided for those who were lucky enough to include it in their calendar.

Another very successful Michael J. Murphy Winter School has concluded and it is hoped that, in the coming year, his works will,given proper funding, be made available to a much wider audience. Every schoolchild and student in the area should be au fait with the poetic prose of Newry, Mourne and Down’s greatest writer, folklorist and social campaigner.

Click here for the full 2017 Michael J Murphy Winter School Report

Renowned Speakers to attend the Michael J. Murphy Winter School November 18-19, 2016.

Update published on: October 5, 2016

Renowned Speakers to attend the Michael J. Murphy Winter School in Ti Chulainn Cultural Centre, Mullaghbane, South Armagh, on the weekend of November 18-19, 2016.

Once again the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership has teamed up with Ti Chulainn and to deliver another exciting Michael J. Murphy Winter School; and the line-up for Winter School has been finalised. The theme of this year’s Winter School is ‘The Independent Mind’. This is to pay homage toMichael J. Murphy, the celebrated folklorist, writer, photographer, broadcaster and socialist republican, as probably the most independent mind ever to come out of South Armagh.

To read more about this years exciting event click here.

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