Breathnach pays tribute to ‘devoted father’
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.