The Passing of Eugene Lambert
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Wanderly Wagon's Eugene Lambert dies
The puppeteer and children's television broadcaster, Eugene Lambert, has died at his home in Dublin, at the age of 82.
Born in 1928 in Sligo, Mr Lambert later moved to Monkstown in Co Dublin, where he died at home yesterday evening.
He is survived by his wife Mai and eight of their children.
Mr Lambert and his family were the driving force behind 'Wanderly Wagon', RTÉ's famous children's programme that began in 1967.
All of the Lambert children also worked on the show, which ran until 1982.
Mr Lambert was founder and director of the Lambert Puppet Theatre, which was established in 1972.
Minister for Arts, Sports & Tourism Martin Cullen has paid tribute to Mr Lambert, saying he 'enriched the lives of adults and children'.
Mr Cullen said: 'Eugene Lambert was a master of the art of puppetry and Eugene's place in Irish theatre is unparalleled.'
"His Puppet Theatre in Monkstown animated and intrigued generation after generation. Eugene was a natural storyteller whose words were entertaining and accessible to his young audiences."
"Eugene's legacy will live on through his talented family. With the support of his wife Mai and family, Eugene Lambert enriched the lives of both adults and children with such memorable work at his Theatre, in their tours around the country; in Jury's Cabaret and over many years on RTÉ television," the Minister added.