Frank Murphy

Frank Murphy is a retired school principal, living in Cork. His teaching career, which began in Dublin, took him also to north Wexford, and eventually to Cork city.

He has written stories, non-fiction pieces and poetry in Irish and English. Most of his work has appeared in school books in Ireland and the UK, with some stories also included in anthologies of children's fiction on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Lockie and Dadge

    Genesis of a First Novel

    Frank Murphy discusses what brought him to write Lockie and Dadge

  • Charlie Harte and his Two-Wheeled Tiger

    Frank Murphy answers questions about Charlie Harte

    Cork author Frank Murphy was asked questions by third class pupils (aged 8-9), in Eglantine Primary School, County Cork, about the inspiration behind Charlie Hart and his Two-wheeled Tiger and its characters, and whether he knows any of them.

  • Charlie Harte and his Two-Wheeled Tiger
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Gulliver in Lilliput

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The Big Fight - The Story of the Táin

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  • pdf-logoDownload RBFS: Teaching ideas for second class from O'Brien Reading Programme

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  • pdf-logoDownload Activity sheets: Activity sheet 2: bull for sale!

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Charlie Harte and his Two-Wheeled Tiger

  • pdf-logoDownload RBFS: Teaching ideas for third class from O'Brien Reading Programme

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  • pdf-logoDownload Activity sheets: Activity sheet 2: questions on pages 15-23

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  • pdf-logoDownload Activity sheets: Activity sheet 4: based on pages 24-32

  • pdf-logoDownload Activity sheets: Activity sheet 5: paint your own bicycle

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Lockie and Dadge

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Dark Secret

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