Tributes were being paid this week to Irish writer and film maker Éamon de Buitléar, who passed away on Sunday night.
Several city councillors remembered the prolific environmentalist at a meeting at City Hall on Monday, saying that the county is “indebted to him” following his donation of a multi-media archive to NUI Galway.
The university also extended condolences to the family and friends of Mr de Buitléar this week, branding him an “outstanding figure of modern Ireland”.
President James J. Browne described Mr de Buitléar as “an exceptional film-maker, a committed environmentalist, a public intellectual, author, musician and member of Seanad Éireann”, adding that he was a “man of many parts” and a man whose contribution to Irish society had enriched the lives of many generations.
“Most of us can recall Éamon’s passion for the Irish environment, brought to life through his books and television progammes. His enduring legacy will be a sense of respect for the landscape and heritage of Ireland, along with a joyful enthusiasm for the culture and traditions of our nation,” said Mr Browne.
“We in NUI Galway are deeply honoured by our association with Éamon de Buitléar. His decision to donate his rich multi-media, bi-lingual archive to the University will mean that his lifetime’s work of creativity and advocacy will be held in trust here for the nation and for generations of scholars. We are proud to have been entrusted with that task.”
The Eamon de Buitléar exhibition is still on display to the public in the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway. The 83-year-old is by his wife, Lailli, and five children, Aoife, Éanna, Róisín, Cian and Doireann.