She is Ireland’s most prolific travel writer, but just how many people in modern Ireland have heard of Dervla Murphy? This new feature documentary asks ‘Who is Dervla Murphy?’ with the aim of profiling this extraordinary talent and trailblazing Irish woman.

It’s just over fifty years since her first book ‘Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle’ was published. In 1963 it was a brave and courageous act for this young Waterford woman to set off cycling with the intention of getting to India.

This renowned author continues to travel around the world and her passion and determination remains an inspiration to many fans globally.

Dervla’s travels have brought her to Tibet, Cameroon, Rwanda, Peru, Ethiopia and Siberia. Dervla’s also boasts an astute political sensibility as demonstrated in ‘Race to Finish, The Nuclear Stakes’ and  her writings on Northern Ireland in ‘A Place Apart’.

This award winning documentary profiles this elusive figure through rare and exclusive access to Dervla, her family and friends. The film features unique contributions from actor/presenter Michael Palin, daughter Rachel Murphy, publisher John Murray and Irish travel writer Manchán Magan. Including rare footage of her home in Lismore, Co.Waterford, audiences will now get to discover why Dervla Murphy is respected worldwide for her writing and her distinct personality.

Produced by husband and wife team, Garret Daly and Martina McGlynn of Mixed Bag Media, the project was produced in association with The Waterford Arts Office.  ‘Watching this film feels like spending an evening with Dervla –  a unique and moving experience’ commented director Garret Daly. ‘We were privileged to be given this window into her life and I think audiences will appreciate that.’

Who is Dervla Murphy? opens exclusively in Movies@Dundrum and  SGC Dungarvan on April 23rd.


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