Centre Patron, Cillian Murphy

For over ten years, Irish actor Cillian Murphy has worked closely as patron of the UNESCO Child and Family Research at the University of Galway. His commitment to the work of the Centre stems from a shared interest in empowering young people to actively engage in their communities and in the role of empathy in fostering social responsibility and building young people’s capacity to influence change on issues that matter to them.  In support of the Activating Social Empathy education programme, he co-edited IONBHÁ: The Empathy Book For Ireland launched in October 2022.  Royalties from the book will go directly to delivering the Activating Social Empathy education programme in Irish schools and youth work organisations. 


For more information on Cillian’s work with the centre please visit our Youth as Researchers page.