Breath­nach pays trib­ute to ‘de­voted fa­ther’

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DIAR­MUID BREATH­NACH de­scribed a ‘de­voted fa­ther' in a heart­felt trib­ute to his friend of over 60 years, Éa­mon de Buitléar.

While the na­tion has lost a great friend, the grief is deep for Éa­mon's loved ones – fam­ily and friends who knew him best.

‘He was fit. He never smoked, never drank much,' said Diar­muid yes­ter­day, pre­par­ing to say farewell to his friend at a funeral in Kilquade the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

‘He man­aged to do a great deal of good with his writ­ings and broad­cast­ing,' said Diar­muid. ‘He gave peo­ple an aware­ness of the rich­ness about them and en­riched peo­ple's love and knowl­edge of na­ture.'

All of this came from his own child­hood back garden, where he learned about fish, flora and fauna. He was a fine rugby player, and played for the Black­rock Col­lege Se­nior team un­til in­jury put paid to that.

He mar­ried Lailli at the age of 27. She came from an artis­tic fam­ily in Car­raroe in the heart of the Gal­way Gaeltacht. They set about rais­ing their fam­ily and Éa­mon was a won­der­ful fa­ther. He al­ways felt that ed­u­cat­ing the chil­dren was of the ut­most im­por­tance. Éa­mon's funeral will take place to­day at Kilquade Church at mid­day, fol­lowed by burial at Kilquade Ceme­tery, for­ever in among the wildlife of County Wicklow.

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