Honorary Life Members
The Royal Dublin Society has a long and prestigious history. Since its foundation in 1731 it has been devoted to its mission of advancing Ireland, both economically and culturally. The good works of the Society were instrumental in the establishment of major national institutions such as the National Museum, the National Library and the National Botanic Gardens.
Society Members, Council, Committees and Staff take particular pride in ensuring the preservation and continuance of the objectives of the original Charter, drawn up in 1750.
In 1981, to mark the 250th Anniversary of its founding, the Society instituted the award of Honorary Life Membership to honour persons of distinction who had made a significant contribution to Ireland, over and above their normal employment, in the areas covered by the Society's Foundation Activities (Agriculture, Arts, Industry and Science).
The award is conferred annually on the Thursday nearest to 25 June, the Society's foundation date.
The 2012 recipients of Honorary Life Membership are Loretta Brennan Glucksman and Patrick J. Murphy. Previous recipients include two Nobel Prize Winners, Professor Ernest Walton and Seamus Heaney; Dr Bernadette Greevy-Tattan; Dr Siobhan McKenna; Molly Keane; Dr Patrick Hillery; Dr Martin McAleese; Dr Jack Kyle; Christina Noble; Iris Kellett; Dr Louis Le Broquy; Anna May McHugh, Dr Martin Naughton, Fr Austin McKeon, John A. Ruddock, Br Kevin Crowley, Professor David McConnell, Richard (Dick) Ahlstrom and John M. Oxx. Mr Patrick J. Murphy
Patrick J. Murphy, has been involved in the Arts in Ireland for over forty years. He has been a member of the Arts Council since 1981 and has also served as its Chairman.
Primary schools, local authority collections, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Trinity College, Dublin, the National Self Portrait Collection and artists in need have all benefited from the generous engagement of Mr Murphy in the cause of Irish visual art.
Since 2000, he has acted as Art Advisor to the President of Ireland and to the Office of Public Works to ensure that the best of contemporary Irish art is displayed in state buildings. He had an active role in the founding and development of ROSC.
In 2011 Patrick helped the RDS celebrate 150 years of the Taylor Art Award by producing one of the finest exhibitions of Irish Art, largely from private collections and rarely seen by the public. He also organised a Lecture Series to accompany the four-week exhibition. This was not his first connection with the Taylor Art Award. He was the RDS-nominated Judge for all of thirteen years from 1988 to 2000.
Patrick has also had a distinguished business career working in banking and brewing.