Remembering Richard Murphy


The staff at The Lillliput Press were saddened this morning to hear about the death of poet Richard Murphy (90). Richard was a remarkable Irish poet and a great friend of the The Lilliput Press for many years. He will be greatly missed by everyone.

Born in Milford, Co. Galway, Richard spent much of his childhood living between Sri Lanka and the boarding schools of Britain and Ireland. Richard is most popularly known for his striking portraits of the people and history of the West of Ireland. Richard spent the last 6 years of his life in Sri Lanka, writing poetry, meditating and practicing yoga in a clay-tiled octagon temple near his home.

He will be cremated on Saturday the 4th of February near Kandy, Sri Lanka.

(An excerpt from the poem ‘Sailing to an Island’)


The breeze as we plunge slowly stiffens:

There are hills of sea between us and land,

Between our hopes and the Island harbour.