Abu Dhabi based Gerry Murphy holds a Bachelor in Financial Services degree from University College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration from Fordham University, New York, for which he studied at the Irish Management Institute. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations from the Institute of Public Relations in Ireland. All his studies were completed as a mature student.
Gerry is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland, having worked in banking for 25 years with Bank of Ireland and First National Building Society before setting up the not-for-profit Churchtown Village Renewal Trust in 1997. In 2001 he was named Cork Person of the Year for his ‘visionary rural renewal initiative’. In 2005 he founded GreatGas Petroleum (Ireland) plc. He holds many other non-executive directorships and works as an international management services provider based in Abu Dhabi.
Gerry is a former director and chairman of the not-for-profit organisation Guaranteed Irish (a national body promoting the sale of Irish-manufactured goods and services) and former chairman of the European Union’s THERMIE project for Ireland. He was also the executive producer of Bloom, a feature film released in 2004 based on the novel Ulysses by James Joyce.
Gerry is currently editing a 270 page Anthology of his late brother John’s creative works due for publication in 2017. His medium term plan is to return to Ireland and to retire to a life of ‘picking apples’ at Ballyhoura Apple Farm in Kilfinane, County Limerick.
The author’s royalties from the sale of The Accidental Entrepreneur are donated to the Churchtown Heritage Society.