Arts Tonight 21 January 2013: Éamon de Buitléar
Filmmaker and broadcaster Éamon de Buitléar on the donation of his archive of wildlife films, bilingual television programmes and traditional music audio to NUI Galway
"Nature has become invisible. People don't see it any more, or hear it. You need to see it, you need to feel it. As human beings, we need it, specially nowadays." The words of filmmaker, broadcaster, writer and conservationist Éamon de Buitléar. On tonight's programme, we visit him at his home in Delgany, Co. Wicklow and step into his remarkable archive of over 2000 audio and film tapes. He has recently donated this archive to NUI Galway and it will soon be delivered there and digitised: not only his hundreds of wildlife films for television such as the series Amuigh Faoin Spéir for which he is probably best known, but also painstakingly catalogued wildlife sounds dating back to the 1950s, early radio recordings from the traditional music revival featuring Séamus Ennis, Sean Ó Riada and others, and his radio and television series for children, Lúidín Mac Lú about a leprechaun and his mouse.
We hear extracts from the RTÉ Radio and Television archives, of Amuigh Faoin Spéir, Lúidín Mac Lú, Miles and MIles of Music with Séamus Ennis, from Ceoltóiri Chualann's Ó Riada Sa Gaiety, and more.
We also hear from Seathrún Ó Tuairisg from NUI Galway: http://www.nuigalway.ie/eamon-de-buitlear-archive-launch/
Thank you to South Wind Blows, who made the short film that accompanies the archive exhibition: Cartlann Éamon de Buitléar, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUIG.