Monday, January 28, 2013

Tribute to Éamon de Buitléar

Éamon de Buitléar
It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of the great Éamon de Buitléar. To generations of Irish people Éamon has been lifelong presence and figure of inspiration through his love of the Irish landscape and wildlife, Irish music, language and culture and by being one of the pioneering broadcasters of his generation.

 Éamon has been a long-time friend of NUI Galway and its James Hardiman Library. At a ceremony on campus last November, Éamon deposited his unique and vast archive to NUI Galway which will be catalogued, digitised and made available for researchers by the James Hardiman Library and Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge. This collection is a treasure for the nation and one which documents the incredible life, work and legacy of Éamon de Buitléar.

President of NUI Galway, Dr. Jim Browne made the following statement:

 "On behalf of NUI Galway and the university community, I extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of Éamon de Buitléar.

Éamon de Buitléar was an outstanding figure of modern Ireland.  An exceptional film-maker, a committed environmentalist, a public intellectual, author, musician and member of Seanad Éireann - he was a man of many parts and a man whose contribution to Irish society has enriched the lives of many generations.

We in NUI Galway are deeply honored by our association with Éamon de Buitléar.  His decision to donate his rich multi-media, bi-lingual archive to the University will mean that his lifetime’s work of creativity and advocacy will be held in trust here for the nation and for generations of scholars.  We are proud to have been entrusted with that task."

At the launch ceremony for the de Buitlèar Archive last November those present had the privilege of not just hearing Éamon speak but also witness him playing wonderful music on the mouth organ. Also on that evening the following video was screened and is a touching tribute to the great work and legacy of Éamon de Buitléar as well as to his endearing spirit.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. Ní bheidh a leithéidí ann arís


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