Éamon de Buitléar
Éamon de Buitléar (Irish pronunciation: [ˈeːmˠən̪ˠ dʲɛ bˠətʲˈlʲeːɾˠ]; 22 January 1930 – 27 January 2013) was an Irish writer, musician and film maker. He was managing director of Éamon de Buitléar Ltd., a company which specialises in wildlife filming and television documentaries.
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. 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.
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. It was inaugurated in May 2014 by his wife Lailí.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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).
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- "Éamon de Buitléar: 1930-2013". iftn.ie. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- Kennedy, Joe. "Eamon's walk on the (slightly) wild side". Irish Independent. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- "Bray Head Walk".
- "The De Buitléar Way opens". Irish Independent. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
- "Éamon de Buitléar profile". Irish Film and Television Network. Retrieved 8 June 2006.[dead link]
- "Éamon de Buitléar". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
- "New post for De Buitléar". Bray people. 4 August 2005. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2006.