Éamon de Buitléar

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Éamon de Buitléar (Irish pronunciation: [ˈeːmˠən̪ˠ dʲɛ bˠətʲˈlʲeːɾˠ]; 22 January 1930 – 27 January 2013) was an Irish writer, musician and film maker.[1] He was managing director of Éamon de Buitléar Ltd., a company which specialises in wildlife filming and television documentaries.[2][3]

The son of aide-de-camp to the then President of Ireland, Douglas Hyde, he grew up in a house of Irish language speakers in Wicklow.[4] He began his working career in Garnett and Keegan's and Helys, selling fishing gear and shotguns. It was there where he first met Seán Ó Riada.[4]

A 4 km circular walk Slí de Buitléar or The De Buitléar Way on Bray Head commemorates his life and work, calling out notable flora and fauna in the area.[5] It was inaugurated in May 2014 by his wife Lailí.[6]

Film career[edit]

For many years in the 1960s he was the only independent film producer, with Gerrit van Gelderen, making wildlife programmes, notably the series Amuigh Faoin Spéir (English: "Out Under the Sky") for the Irish television channel, Telefís Éireann. In 1986, his programme, Cois Farraige leis an Madra Uisce, won him a Jacob's Award. His work includes directing films based on his books, and he received commissions from RTÉ, BBC and other stations.[7]

In 1987, he was nominated by the Taoiseach, Charles Haughey to the 18th Seanad.[8] He was appointed to the Central Fisheries Board in 2005.[9]

Musical career[edit]

De Buitléar was involved[vague] in Irish traditional music with Seán Ó Riada and was later involved[vague] in the establishment of the traditional music groups Ceoltóirí Chualann (1960–1969) and Ceoltóirí Laighean.[citation needed]


  • Wildlife. TownHouse. 1985. ISBN 0-946172-04-8.
  • Ireland's Wild Countryside. Boxtree. 1993. ISBN 1-85283-401-3.
  • A Life in the Wild. Gill & Macmillan, Ltd. (Ireland). 2004. ISBN 0-7171-3615-9. - Reviewed by the Irish Independent[4]
  • Irish Rivers. Town House. 1985. ISBN 9780946172054.


  • Amuigh Faoin Spéir – television series (RTÉ);
  • The Natural World and The Living Isles (BBC);
  • Exploring the Landscape – television series (RTÉ);
  • Ireland's Wild Countryside – television series (RTÉ);
  • A Life in the Wild – television series (RTÉ);
  • Wild Islands (RTÉ, S4C and STV);
  • Nature Watch (ITV);
  • Éiníní and Ainimhithe na hÉireann (TG4).


  1. ^ "Filmmaker Eamon de Buitlear dies at 83". RTÉ News and Current Affairs. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  2. ^ "An outstanding figure of modern Ireland': tributes paid to Eamon de Buitlear". Irish Independent. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Éamon de Buitléar: 1930-2013". iftn.ie. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Kennedy, Joe. "Eamon's walk on the (slightly) wild side". Irish Independent. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Bray Head Walk".
  6. ^ "The De Buitléar Way opens". Irish Independent. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Éamon de Buitléar profile". Irish Film and Television Network. Retrieved 8 June 2006.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Éamon de Buitléar". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  9. ^ "New post for De Buitléar". Bray people. 4 August 2005. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2006.

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