Cork County Council Honours Jim Murphy
Cork County Council was proud to host a civic reception in honour of Jim Murphy to acknowledge and celebrate his lifelong commitment to his hometown Passage West. The Civic reception was hosted by Carrigaline Municipal District on Tuesday 4th October 2022 in County Hall.
There was a presentation on the evening to recognise Jim’s outstanding contribution to his hometown of Passage West. Jim’s commitment spans the decades, from being a founder member of Passage Soccer Club with four other lads in 1972, it grew from a small schoolboys’ club, with no pitch, to the present very strong club with the best of facilities at Rockenham Park. Jim is Hon. President of the club to this day.
Cllr. Ben Dalton O’Sullivan Chair of Carrigaline Municipal District, said: “Jim Murphy has been a tireless advocate for Passage West all his life. In August 2018 Jim and his daughter Angela opened the doors of the Passage West Maritime Museum with the support of Cork County Council. The focus of the museum centres upon the story of Passage West and its relationship with the sea. His continued contributions at local level in his hometown of Passage West make him an integral part of the local community and his exceptional contribution have shaped Passage West. He was a founder member of the Men’s Shed, River Users Committee, he was a Labour Party Town Commissioner for 25 years and former Chairman of the Town Council. We are privileged to have him among us”.
Fellow Carrigaline MD Cllrs, Marcia D’Alton, Seamus McGrath & Jack White also paid tribute to Jim’s achievements with speeches at the reception. Mayor of the County of Cork Danny Collins echoed Cllr. Dalton’s sentiments and added: “Community heroes of the calibre of Jim Murphy are few and far between. Jim has become a significant part of the history of Passage West and had the foresight to coordinate a far-seeing plan “Passage 2000” for the development of the town centre. His reach goes beyond Passage West and he has helped many voluntary and charitable groups in Cork City and County in various projects when he was responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility with Johnson & Johnson such as Special Olympics Munster, Bridge to employment, Mna Feasa and Junior Achievement Ireland to mention but a few. It’s so important to celebrate Jim’s achievements not only for his sake, but for all the young people in Cork County who may be inspired to follow his example and contribute to their hometowns. People make places better for everyone”.
Jim Murphy said: "I am indeed honored that the Chairperson of the Carrigaline Municipal District, Cllr. Ben Dalton O'Sullivan and the Elected Members have decided to award me a Civic Reception for my community work in the Passage West area for many years. It was a pleasure to work with Elected Members and Officials of Cork County Council, during my 25 years as a Member of Passage West Town Commissioners and of course with the people & organisations within our Town. Having a sense of pride in the unique History of Passage West and its people was always my driving force. My goal and focus were to promote Passage West a great place to live. "