Anthony Murphy is a journalist, photographer, author and astronomer who lives in Drogheda, at the gateway to Ireland’s historic Boyne Valley. He has spent almost 20 years researching, photographing and writing about the ancient megalithic monuments of the Boyne Valley and their associated mythology, cosmology and alignments.
He is the author of five books, including the acclaimed Island of the Setting Sun: In Search of Ireland’s Ancient Astronomers (with Richard Moore), Newgrange: Monument to Immortality and Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past. His works of fiction are a novella called Land of the Ever-Living Ones and a short novel called The Cry of the Sebac.
Anthony has worked in the newspaper industry for his entire career, beginning as a reporter and later Design Editor with the Drogheda Independent, where he spent 10 years. He later became Editor of the Drogheda Leader newspaper, and went on to become Editor of the Dundalk Democrat. He is now a sub editor and graphic designer with the Irish Farmers Journal.
He lives in Drogheda with his wife Ann and their five children. An accomplished photographer, Anthony’s work is well-known not just through his books but also the Mythical Ireland website and through his presence on social media. In addition to being a writer and photographer, Anthony plays principal euphonium with Drogheda Brass Band, the most successful brass band on the island of Ireland. He is conductor of Drogheda Youth Brass Band. He is a licenced radio amateur (with the call sign EI2KC) and is proficient at sending and receiving morse code, a skill that is dying out as newer modes of communication have replaced the older ones.
Anthony has appeared many times on television as an expert on Newgrange and the monuments and indeed astronomy, and he has featured in newspaper, magazine and news media articles around the world. He regularly gives talks about his research and also leads private tours of the monuments. He is a member of the Independent Tour Guides Association.
In July 2018 Anthony shot to international fame when he discovered a previously unknown late Neolithic henge or ceremonial enclosure 750m from the world famous megalithic monument of Newgrange. Read more about the discovery here: