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Director General Pays Tribute to film-maker Éamon de Buitléar

28 January: RTÉ's Director-General Noel Curran has paid tribute to Éamon de Buitléar, the esteemed film-maker who has died aged 83.

Mr Curran said that Éamon de Buitléar “was Ireland's best-known independent wildlife film-maker, a passionate advocate for the Irish-language and, as a founder member of Seán Ó Riada's Ceoltóirí Chualann, an accomplished musician. His expertise and passions were apparent in his work for RTÉ, and over the course of a long career, during which he became a household name, Éamon brought wildlife and environmentalism to the mainstream.”

He continued: “Programmes like Amuigh Faoin Spéir, Ireland’s very first wildlife series, had a profound influence on attitudes to our environment. In November 2012, Éamon donated his entire collection of film, music and writings to the National University of Ireland, Galway, and RTÉ was delighted to partner with NUIG to preserve the programme collection. It is fitting that the work of one of Ireland’s most unique film-makers should be preserved in this way, in tribute to Éamon de Buitléar’s outstanding contribution to education, to film-making, and to Irish life.”