The death has been announced of Bo Almqvist, professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Irish Folklore at University College Dublin.

He was 82, and died yesterday in Dublin after a short illness.

Professor Almqvist was born in Sweden but moved to Ireland in the early 70s.

He became a major figure in the field of Irish Folklore.

Professor Almqvist is survived by his wife, Éilís, and three adult children, Marja, Ragnar and Olaf.