Breandán Ó hEithir

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Breandán Ó hEithir (1930–1990) was an Irish writer and broadcaster.[1]

He was born in Inishmore, County Galway. His parents were national school teachers and Ó hEithir attended their school in Kilronan. He received his secondary school education at Coláiste Éinde (St Enda's College) in Galway. He attended University College Galway for three years but left without obtaining a degree.

Ó hEithir wrote in both Irish and English, and was highly regarded for the originality and liveliness of his journalism, especially his work in Irish.

After college, he spent a number of years working as a book manager for Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge. He served as an editor at Sáirséal agus Dill, the Irish language publishing house, and as Irish language editor for The Irish Press from 1957 to 1963 he also wrote a column for The Sunday Press. He was a regular columnist with the journal Comhar and also contributed a weekly column to The Irish Times. He also served as a staff journalist with Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), working on the current affairs programmes Cúrsaí and Féach.

He was a member of the radical nationalist and fascist political party, Ailtirí na hAiséirghe, in the 1940s.

He married Catherine von Hildebrand in 1957 and they had five children.

He was a nephew of Liam O'Flaherty. A biography of him has been written by Liam Mac Con Iomaire.


  • Lig Sinn i gCathú (1976)
  • Over the Bar
  • The Begrudger's Guide to Irish Politics
  • This is Ireland
  • Willie the Plain Pint agus An Pápa.
  • Sionnach ar mo Dhuán (1988)
  • An Nollaig Thiar
  • A Pocket History of Ireland

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  1. ^ "Breandan O hEithir, Irish Writer, Dies at 60", The New York Times, 1990-10-25.