Who we are…

Flag Lane Publishers was started by Vincent Murphy to publish his first book:

Goodbye Kit. It may be for years and it may be forever Michael C. Kickham 1861 – 1909 : A Memoir.

Vincent Murphy, a native of Clonmel and living in Cork, is a retired Chartered Engineer. He is interested in family research, writing, hill walking, sailing, travel and photography. This current book is the result of extensive research into the life of Michael Kickham, who had a very interesting and enigmatic life. He has also produced:

The Wild Patagonian Way, covering three trips to Patagonia: first as a lone traveller hitchhiking in winter in 1981; then with family in 2005 / 2006; and in 2016 leading a group  of  hill walkers to El Chaltén in Argentina and Torres del Paine in Chile. This book, originally for family and fellow hill walkers, is currently being reworked for publication. 

Me and my relations: a family history

Southwards: a narrative and photographic record of a trip with his wife, Sarah, to Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula and Chile – being re-worked for publication.

Picos de Europa: narrative and photographic record of a hill walking expedition to the Picos de Europa National Park in Spain. Produced for fellow hill-walkers on the expedition.

In 2010, he was co-founder of the Cork based voluntary organisation The Next Step, supporting people who experience depression and mental health difficulties. The Next Step is now part of Cork Mental Health Foundation and Vincent is on the board.

Vincent is currently involved in planning the commemoration of Conor OBrien’s circumnavigation of the globe between 1923 and 1925, the first to do so under an Irish flag, in a boat designed by himself. He sailed south of the three capes: Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin (SW Australia) and Cape Horn, the first person ever to do so in a small craft.

Conor always wrote his surname without an apostrophe.