Éamon de Buitléir – A Life Well Lived
Time is a speeding arrow, it only flies one way. There is no reaching back in time, but a very few, gifted, special people can reach forward beyond their allotted life span.
Éamon De Buitléar was such a special person and his influence will resonate through generations yet to come. When the young State of Ireland was in its infantile destructive stage, tearing down its Georgian heritage and seeing only primitive shame and embarrassment in our abundant green and natural landscape, Éamon had the vision to see the potential and uniqueness of our island. Through his calm enthusiasm in such self developed programs as Amuigh Faoin Spéir he showed us the wonders of nature, not in far away places, but on our own doorstep. In so doing he was a pioneer in appreciating and caring for our environment.
As is often the way with very gifted and dedicated people he accomplished outstandingly in more than one field. Éamon was an accomplished musician and contributed much to the world of Irish music being the founder along with his friend Seán Ó Riada of Ceoltoiri Chualann (1960-1969).
He served as a member of Seanad Éireann between 1987 and 1989. As well as running his own innovative film company he was for a time on the Irish Fisheries Board. Brought up in an Irish speaking home his gentle and natural use of the first language and the ease with which he would switch between Irish and English made the language accessible to those with only school Irish.
Éamon De Buitléar’s legacy is thousands of people through generations still to come inspired by him to love Irish nature and/or Irish language and/or Irish music.Truly a life well lived.He is survived by his wife Laillí, five children, and numerous grand and great grand children.
Ar dheis déa go raibh a n-anam.
Eamo 1 February 2013