The death has taken place of former RTÉ radio and television presenter Peter Murphy.

He was 88 and died suddenly on returning home from a holiday in Connemara.

For several decades he was known as one of the most prominent voices of rural Ireland and presented the television farming programme Landmark.

However, he was best known as a question master and question setter on Cross Country Quiz.

Mr Murphy compiled 14 quiz books during the 1970s and 1980s.

He formally retired almost 20 years ago, but continued to publish a crossword each Tuesday in the Farming Independent up to the time of his death as well as in the Irish Farmers Monthly.

Mr Murphy kept a life-long interest in his home town of Clonegal, Co Carlow, but has been a long-time resident in Sandymount, Dublin.

He was an organiser for Macra na Feirme during the 1950s and was involved in the setting up of the National Farmers Association, now the IFA, in 1956. He won many awards for public speaking and debating.

Peter Murphy is survived by his wife Bridie, two sons and two daughters and his two grandchildren.

IFA President John Bryan has paid tribute to Mr Murphy.

Mr Bryan said farmers would be saddened to hear the news of Peter Murphy's passing, whom he described as a champion of rural Ireland and a superb communicator.

'His enthusiasm was evident right to the end. Peter Murphy played an important role in the setting up of IFA and was very influential through his work on the Landmark programme.'