He taught a generation to stop and smell the flowers
COUNTY MOURNS DEATH OF ÉAMON DE BUITLÉAR
ENVIRONMENTALIST AND filmmaker Éamon de Buitléar has died at the age of 83.
A native of Bray and resident of Delgany, Éamon is survived by his wife Lailli, and their children Eanna, Aoife, Doireann, Cian and Róisin, as well as his sisters, brother, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The David Attenborough of Wicklow, de Buitléar encouraged a generation to stop and smell the flowers.
His career spanned 60 years and included writings, documentaries and research in to wildlife.
Éamon was an accomplished musician. He played the drums, mouth organ and button accordian, and loved music.
He made the programme Amuigh Faoin Spéir ( Out Under the Sky) with Dutch artist Gerrit Van Gelderen and is known for his book Ireland's Wild Countryside.
De Buitléar became a senator in 1987 and served on the Central Fisheries Board from 2005.
He was immersed in local culture, having led nature walks, spoken to school children and become actively involved with the historical society. Éamon was devoted to Delgany, as is his wife.
He grew up on the banks of the Dargle River, and said that his love of wildlife came from his formative years there.
‘I was down there from my earliest years, talking to the fishermen and watching the salmon in the pools where the spawning fish would sit on their way upriver', he told the Bray People some years ago.
His passion for rivers and waterways was lifelong, and Éamon campaigned long and hard for their preservation from pollution and the devastation of fish stocks. His career with RTE spanned decades, and began with producing Irish traditional music for national radio prior to the start up of the television station in 1961. Within a year he was producing natural history programmes and generated an astonishing body of work throughout his life.
He also made films on Ireland for the BBC Natural History unit, which were seen all over the world.
The late Éamon De Buitléar cutting the ribbon at the opening of Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath.