Éamonn De Buitléar (1930 – 2013)

Sadly, Ireland’s most famous naturalist, Éamonn De Buitléar, died last night at his home in the village of Delgany. He lived almost his entire life in Wicklow, his family having moved from Galway to Bray when he was a child. He is most famous internationally as a wildlife film-maker and much of the footage he recorded was taken in Wicklow. Some of the key scenes in David Attenborough’s The Trials of Life tv series of the 1980s were filmed by Éamonn De Buitléar, notably those of the young eels (elvers) making their way up an Irish stream. He also served as a senator, was an active promoter of the Irish language and a highly respected traditional musician.

Although I spoke with him all too little, I would frequently come across the great naturalist on my rambles in the Wicklow countryside and he was a well-known character in Wicklow and will certainly be missed.

My condolences to his family and friends.

May he rest in peace.

A portrait Éamonn De Buitléar allowed me to take of him in Newcastle Community Centre two years ago.

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