John Murphy [Fr.]
1753-1798; Irish rebel; DD, Seville; asst. priest [curate] at Boolavogue,
1785; established camp on Vinegar Hill; failed at Arklow; beheaded and
burnt in a barrel of pitch; he is the brave Father Murphy
of the ballad Boolavogue. ODNB
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J. J. OMeara, Lecture on Father John Murphy and 98
(Dublin: Sealy, Bryers and Walker ); see also Barry OBrien, Portraits in Leadership (Fermoy: Éigse na Mainistreach 1980);
Nicholas Furlong, Father John Murphy of Boolavogue, 1753-1798 (Geography
Publ. 1991) [reviewed in The Irish Times, 7 Dec. 1991; infra].
See also Cheryl Herr, For The Land They Loved (Syracuse Press 1991).
Boolavogue: God grant you glory, Father Murphy,
/ and open heaven to all your men; / The cause that called you may call
tomorrow / In another fight for the Green again. (See Loreto Todd, The Language of Irish Literature, 1989.)
review of Nicholas Furlong, Father John Murphy of Boolavogue (1991):
an enigmatic figure [...] loud in his protestation of loyalty ...
he turned against [the govt.] almost overnight and emerged as a natural
military leader ready to fight to the bitter end. Perhaps he was a secret
United Irishman all along. ... The 98 outbreak ... grew around Fr.
Murphy and the UI gravitated towards it in order to control it. Had they
chosen Fr. Murphy rather than the aristocratic Bagenal Harvey, things
might had taken a different turn. [Q. auth.]