Ciaran Murphy grew up in Glantane, Co. Cork, Ireland. He attended Glantane National School, the Patrician Academy and University College Cork before being awarded a Naughton Fellowship to study in the ESTEEM program at the University of Notre Dame. As a student at the Patrician Academy, Ciaran was elected as Chairman of the Student Council. Through this role, Ciaran was given exposure to social entrepreneurship through the planning and organization of a range of charitable events. This focus on social entrepreneurship was something that attracted him to the ESTEEM program and Notre Dame in general.
The exposure to great businesses, inspiring people and industry leaders during the ESTEEM program was an extremely valuable experience. Among the highlights of the year, he lists the learning activities on Spring Break in Silicon Valley, Senior Week and Graduation, meeting Father Hesburgh, the inaugural ESTEEM Formal and being a part of the ESTEEM Dream Team, who were victorious in the Graduate School Soccer Tournament.
Since graduating from Notre Dame, Ciaran has travelled extensively through his role with the Irish-based Glen Dimplex Group. Glen Dimplex is an international manufacturing group with operations across 4 continents and a host of household brand names. The Group was founded by Notre Dame Trustee Emeritus Martin Naughton in 1973 and is run today by a current member of the Board of Trustees, CEO Fergal Naughton.
Ciaran has spent time living and working in Ireland, Canada and Australia in a variety of roles in engineering, marketing, product development and corporate strategy. In the ever-changing business world of today, the ESTEEM program provided Ciaran with great experience to allow him to take on challenging multidisciplinary roles. He recently returned to Ireland and now holds the position of Executive Assistant to Group CEO at Glen Dimplex’s Corporate HQ in Dublin. He remains involved with Notre Dame and the ESTEEM program through recruitment efforts for the Naughton Fellowship program and through his involvement with the Naughton Fellowship Alumni group.
In his free time, Ciaran enjoys watching sports (particularly GAA and Munster/Irish Rugby), running, listening to music, and collecting vinyl records. Saturday nights during Notre Dame Football season are usually sleepless occasions, as the time difference regularly means kick-offs after midnight. He is very close to his younger siblings, twins Damien and Sarah and youngest sibling Laura. With some coaxing, his brother and father have now caught the Notre Dame Football bug, but his hopes of converting the remainder of the family remain high. Ciaran lists his parents, Dan and Majella, and his extended family network as the greatest influences in his life to date.