It is with great sadness that MulkearLIFE has learnt of the death of Éamon de Buitléar last night, 27th January 2013. Mr. de Buitléar, or simply Éamon, was a great friend to MulkearLIFE.
The late Éamon de Buitléar who passed away last night
He preformed the official launch of the project on a beautiful sunny morning back in May 2010. During the media launch at Annacotty weir on the Mulkear River, he enthralled the dignitaries, camera crews and press photographers on that special May morning.
Éamon de Buitléar with camera crew at MulkearLIFE launch, May 2010
Later at the main launch event in Murroe he entertained the large crowd gathered for the official ceremony in Crokers with stories and music. Éamon was a noted and gifted musician and was heavily involved in the establishment of traditional music group Ceoltóirí Chualann.
Éamon de Buitléar plays the mouth organ at MulkearLIFE launch, May 2010
It was particularly poignant that so many local school children attended the launch to see the hero of so many of the adults in the audience. He was a man who inspired generations of young Irish children to love and appreciate nature and world around us.
Éamon with pupils of Murroe NS, their principal Ms. Marie Griffen and Fr. Tom Ryan
Mr. de Buitléar co-produced and originated the Amuigh Faoin Spéir series (Out Under the Sky) with Dutch artist Gerrit Van Gelderen. This programme was the ‘X-Factor’ of its day. It was simple, child friendly and deeply inspiring to an entire generation of children and indeed young adults. The fact that the programme was Irish made with a very strong Irish focus, helped to create a much needed appreciation of the Irish environment. Other programmes which equally inspired followed including The Natural World and The Living Isles, Exploring the Landscape, Irelands Wild Countryside, A Life in the Wild and Wild Islands.
Éamon with lifelong friend, Eamon Cusack, former CEO Shannon Reg. Fisheries Board
MulkearLIFE’s Project Manager, Ruairí Ó Conchúir, first met Éamon over 30 years ago on the Dargle River in Co. Wicklow. The de Buitléar’s family home was on the Dargle River. Éamon was delighted to share his vast knowledge of river eco-systems, nature and biodiversity with three young Dublin hikers rambling up the Dargle River. He was a childhood hero to many. Interestingly, two of those hiking on that wet day, namely Ruairí Ó Conchúir and Lorcán Ó Toole, were inspired by Éamon to follow a career in nature conservation.
Éamon de Buitléar with MulkearLIFE Team, Glen Wightman & Ruairí Ó Conchúir
Éamon always kept in touch with project developments over the past number of years. He had a great interest in all aspects of the project’s work, especially our work with Atlantic Salmon and Otter. He would have been delighted to know that the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers installed another otter holt in the Mulkear catchment on the week-end he passed away at the age of 83.
Éamon de Buitléar (1930 to 2013) – Rest In Peace
MulkearLIFE extends its sympathy to Éamon’s family and friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.