- 24 Oct 17
One of the country’s most recognisable and respected broadcasters – and now an eminent psychoanalyst – Michael Murphy has overcome adversity throughout his remarkable life. In a powerful and revealing interview, he talks about marrying his long-term partner, suffering depression after his prostate cancer diagnosis, the pain of losing his brother, and his experiences of childhood abuse.
There was a time when you couldn’t turn on the TV or radio without hearing Michael Murphy doing the news. But most Hot Press readers will probably best remember Michael’s face from his stint as the weekly resident psychoanalyst on RTÉ’s Today Show, with Maura Derrane and Dáithí Ó Sé. His voice is also familiar from his weekly dream analysis segment on 2FM’s Chris And Ciara show.
The veteran broadcaster doesn’t sugar-coat the advice he dishes out on air. On the Today Show, the Mayo man caused uproar on a few occasions, upsetting countless mothers with his contentious view that they should put their relationships with their husbands before their own children. He caused even more controversy with what was perceived as heartless advice to one woman, when he urged her not to invite her heroin-addicted son to Christmas dinner.
But Michael is a much warmer individual in person. People in the business will tell you that he’s a good guy, with a great sense of humour. He once famously fell off his chair presenting the news, when his co-anchor Anne Doyle read out the first ever bulletin on Mad Cow Disease. That mishap notwithstanding, he was a key player with RTÉ for 43 years – until they chucked him out at the “arbitrary retirement” age of 66.