Ray Murphy Lecture Series

About the Ray Murphy Lecture Series

Supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the ten-year Ray Murphy Lecture Series aims to provide a fitting memorial to one of the pioneers of Irish philanthropy, Ray Murphy. It also aims to encourage philanthropic giving in Ireland through exposure to current trends in international philanthropy and to help position Ireland as a centre of philanthropic excellence.



On October 29th the 7th Ray Murphy Lecture was held in the RHA Gallery in Dublin.



The lecture was opened by Maurice Healy, CEO The Healy Group, delivered by Dr. Jacob Gayle, the Vice President Medtronic Philanthropy, and was followed by a response from Rosheen McGuckian, Group CEO NTR plc & Chair NTR Foundation.


Maurice is the founder and CEO of the Healy Group, a solutions-driven agent and distributor for a number of manufacturers worldwide.

He is actively involved in the Social Enterprise and Charity sector in Ireland. He is Chairman of Philanthropy Ireland, and Director of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Traidlinks, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Haven Partnership and the Louvain Institute. He is also special adviser to Anam Cara Parental Bereavement Support, Third Age Foundation and SOS Suicide or Survive.

Previous positions have included President of IBEC (Irish Business Employers’ Confederation), President of Irish Chemical Industry and Chairperson Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Force.

Watch his opening speech here.


Dr. Gayle has a distinguished career in international public health and diplomacy that has spanned three decades and several of the world’s leading health, development and philanthropic institutions, including Deputy Vice President of the Ford Foundation, Senior Public Health Officer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and various other health and social development roles with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations, World Bank and Carter Center.

He has served on six continents and completed long-term residential assignments across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, North America and Europe.

You can watch his lecture here.


Prior to joining NTR, Rosheen was CEO of GE Money Ireland, the consumer finance division of General Electric. Prior to joining GE, Rosheen led the business transformation initiative for Irish utility ESB Power Generation.

She is a Director of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (“SBCI”), Social Innovation Fund of Ireland and is a member of the Advisory Board of Trinity College Dublin School of Engineering.  Rosheen holds a PhD, MA and BSc.

Her response is available to watch here.


There is also a short highlights video here.



Click Speech by President Bill Clinton for the 2013 Ray Murphy Lecture delivered by President Bill Clinton

Click here for the 2010 Ray Murphy Lecture and Response.

Third Ray Murphy Lecture
13th May 2010
National Gallery of Ireland,
Dublin 2

Click here for  information on the 2009 Ray Murphy Lecture.

Second Ray Murphy Lecture
27th May 2009
The Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin

About Ray Murphy

Ray Murphy was one of the pioneers of Irish philanthropy. Through his work with The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, he worked in Ireland and throughout the world, supporting organisations working with disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Ray served as Chief Executive and later as a Board member of Philanthropy Ireland, as well as Chairman of Clann Credo – The Social Investment Fund.

Ray was a keen supporter of cooperation and collaboration in the philanthropy sector and beyond. He chaired the Youth Empowerment Partnership Programme (a project of the Network of European Foundations for Innovation and Cooperation) and was a member of the European Foundation Centre’s Resource Development Committee. Ray was posthumously awarded the Raymond Georis prize for Innovative Philanthropy in Europe in June 2007.

Ray was forever generous with his advice, wisdom and expertise and will be remembered as one of the philanthropic sector’s most courageous and inspirational leaders.

The Ray Murphy Bursary

In addition to the Lecture, Philanthropy Ireland and Clann Credo also offer the Ray Murphy Memorial Bursary, which supports postgraduate research in philanthropy, social finance and related areas.

The Bursary was first awarded in 2010. For more information on the Bursary or to download an application form, please click here→