He taught a gen­er­a­tion to stop and smell the flow­ers


Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

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.

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