Frank Murphy - Rachel Loughrey

Frank Murphy Sticker Trail

30th September- 6th October

Frank Murphy was an acclaimed architect who employed modernist principles as a language to design in Cork. His long career, which spanned the latter half of the 20th century was helped along by a demeanour and talent, salted with a burning curiosity and limitless enthusiasm for his native city. This combination ultimately earned him a reputation as a renowned award-winning architect. With long planar forms, structures animated with pattern, rhythm and rich material palettes enveloping modern space plans, Murphy was without a doubt one of Cork City’s most important architects. A dedicated modernist and an equally progressive conservation campaigner, Murphy concentrated for much of his career on 20th century ecclesiastical designs, schools, offices and factories of Cork.


The architect Frank Murphy contributed enormously to Cork City’s mid century catalogue of everyday buildings, from shopfronts to office blocks. Follow the sticker trail on buildings in the city centre, highlighting some of Murphy’s work. Includes Maynes Pharmacy, no.1 South Mall, no.6 South Mall, Thompson Bakery on McCurtain Street, and 109 Oliver Plunkett Street.

Photograph by Rachel Loughrey