Gerry Murphy is an accidental entrepreneur as explained in his 2014 book of the same name. Gerry worked in banking for 25 years before – in 1997 – setting up as a self employed social entrepreneur, start-up venture capital investor, management services provider and business consultant. He uses the name ‘Bruhenny‘ for many of his business interests.
Gerry Murphy holds a Bachelor in Financial Services degree from University College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration from Fordham University, New York, which he studied for 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.
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 works in Ireland and the UK. He lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 2013 until his return to Ireland in January 2018.
BANKING EXPERIENCE 1972 – 1997
Twenty five years banking experience at all levels up to executive director. From 1989 to 1997 employed by First National Building Society (First Active Plc) in Ireland in various roles and on its main board from 1994 to 1997. Also served on subsidiary company boards in the UK and Guernsey. Employed by Bank of Ireland in several roles from 1972 to 1989.
(1) Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland (member since 1972)
(2) Bachelor of Financial Services (University College Dublin);
(3) Master in Business Administration (Fordham University, New York / Irish Management Institute);
(4) Advanced Diploma in PR (Public Relations Institute of Ireland).
OTHER COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE
1997 – 2001: Former board member and deputy chairman of Sherry FitzGerald Group. 1999 – 2001: Chairman of First UK Residential Property Plc from 1999 to 2001. 1997 – 2004: Founding director of The Sims Clinic and served on its board from 1997 to 2004. 2000 – 2003: Founding shareholder and board member of Dublin radio station Q102. Gerry is currently a director of several private companies as outlined under the Bruhenny Investments page on this web site.
The author’s royalties from the sale of The Accidental Entrepreneur were donated to Churchtown Heritage Society.