Born in Killarney, Peter Murphy spent the first three years of his life there before his family was deported to Dublin. Mr. Murphy grew up in the verdant braes of Templeogue, where he was schooled by the De La Salle brothers in Churchtown and where he also played rugby for ‘The Wine and Gold’. A rebel, Peter Murphy also played football (soccer) in secret!
Mr. Murphy went on to graduate and study the Humanities in Grogan’s under the guidance of Scot’s Corner and the bar staff; Paddy, Tommy and Sean. He also financed his education by working summers on the buildings sites of London. Some of the places in which he worked were Cricklewood, Camden Town and Kilburn.
Other adventures that Peter Murpy partook in were tramping the roads of Europe playing music and living without a care in the world. However, his move to Canada changed all of that.
Mr. Murphy took on a day job as well as playing music in bars at night until that little thing called family life intervened. After he finished raising his children and packing them off to University, Peter Murphy answered that the long-ignored internal voice and began to write.
Please tell us a bit about your book, Lagan Love, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.
Lagan Love can be considered a love story, albeit, a dark love story but I hope that readers will see and reflect on its cautionary tale. I hope it raises the question of how much we are willing to pay for our dreams. I also hope that readers enjoy the humour and humanity the story contains.
Who are your favorite characters in the story?
Janice is my favourite character as she muddles through an ever confusing landscape while trying to shed all that constrained her. As her doubts and fears gather she relies more and more on denial and self-justification – traits that are so commonplace there days.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?
'Ah, Sweet Jesus, it's as plain as the nose on your face. She did it for love.'