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Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, Mayor of Cork County

Wednesday, 25th July, 2018 5:07pm

Patrick Gerard Murphy, Mayor of Cork County

Age: 46 

Lives:  I was born and raised on the Beara Peninsula, but I’m living in Bantry now.

Family: I have two brothers and two nephews 

Favourite thing about Cork? I’d have to say that my favourite thing about this county is the people. They are warm, humorous, sarcastic and welcoming! 

Least favourite thing about Cork? My least favourite thing would probably be the sheer size of Cork. Unfortunately, infrastructure is underfunded for the size of the county. It is far too big; I spend all of my time travelling from place to place.

One thing you’d change about Cork: I would change the size of the county if I could or even improve the road infrastructure in and around Cork. That would make a big difference. 

What did you want to be when you grew up? 

I always thought that I’d work with mathematics or engineering in some capacity. I’ve always loved maths and statistics.  

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

My career started off in engineering, when I worked for Ford. I then fell into the area of disability studies, which has undoubtedly changed my life. I was always involved in community work in some way or another, so I decided to make a career out of it. It was a natural progression.

I was elected as a Fianna Fáil councillor to Cork County Council in 2008 and am the new Cork County Mayor for this year. I have a degree in production engineering from the University of Limerick and a graduate diploma in entrepreneurship.

Most enjoyable aspect of what you do? 

Helping people. It’s a wonderful thing to watch people progress from education to the workforce, carving a career for themselves in their chosen field.

What motivates you? 

Once again, I would have to say helping people is what motivates me – watching people grow and knowing that I have been a part of it. 

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self? 

I really don’t know! Next question!

If you weren’t in the job you’re in now, what would you be doing? 

I would most likely be an engineer. 

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life? 

My late parents, especially my father, as he was the one that got me involved with the community at a young age. We always spoke about politics in the house, so I was well-educated and informed from a very young age on anything political.

What is the life dream now? 

I have to say that rather than thinking too far ahead and focusing on what my future plans are, I like to take things day-by-day and live in the now!

How do you switch off? 

When I’m involved with anything to do with sport, I can switch off. I’ve spent my whole life playing various sports. 

What is your favourite Cork memory? 

I have very fond memories of my childhood and spending time with my parents and the people in our community, but rather than having one specific memory of a place or moment, it’s the people of Cork that really stand out.

They never change; constantly friendly and welcoming.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?  

At the risk of repeating myself, it would be to take things day-by-day!

When are you at your happiest? 

When I’m watching or playing sport.

Any regrets? 

I had an opportunity after my accident to take a scholarship to Notre Dame for a business degree, but I felt that being far from home with a disability and without any proper support network would be too difficult. Looking back now though, I wish I had stuck it out for a year or two.

What’s your hidden talent? 

I’m an open book, any talent I have isn’t hidden! I’m a total people person.

What might we be surprised to know about you? 

I think those that know me, know me well. I'm an open book.


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