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New book reveals William Martin Murphy rejected a knighthood
William Martin Murphy features in Arnold Wright's new book 'Disturbed Dublin'. Photo: Reproduced courtesy of Dublin City Public Library

New book reveals William Martin Murphy rejected a knighthood

Dublin, 6 November 1914 - A new book has cast light on the story of William Martin Murphy’s apparent pursuit of a knighthood.

Opponents of Mr. Murphy have long suggested that his invitation to King Edward VII to visit the International Irish Exhibition in Dublin in 1907 was motivated by a desire for a knighthood.

Now, Arnold Wright’s book 'Disturbed Dublin' sets out a different version of events, one in which Mr. Murphy was offered a knighthood but declined it because he had no desire for a title. 

RTÉ

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