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Éamon de Buitléar RIP


Clanrickard

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One of my child hood heroes. Loved his nature programmes. On RTE described as one of the first environmentalists. A talented guy who will be missed.
 

Al Gebra

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Sad News.

A fantastic broadcaster. One of Ireland's best.

R.I.P.
 

statsman

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Filmmaker amon de Buitlar dies - RT Ten

(No link in the OP, tut, tut.)

A true Irish original, one of the first independent film-makers to produce programmes for RTE and let's not forget his contribution to music as a member of the original Ceoltóirí Chualann.
 
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given how dull 1970's RTE was there was something very exotic about the programme.
 

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One of my child hood heroes. Loved his nature programmes. On RTE described as one of the first environmentalists. A talented guy who will be missed.
As a child living in a city, he showed us a world that was as strange as Africa, I think it had an effect.
 

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As a child living in a city, he showed us a world that was as strange as Africa, I think it had an effect.
Much of the seashore stuff was filmed on a little patch of waste ground opposite the Tara Towers hotel, oddly enough. The country in the city.
 

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Much of the seashore stuff was filmed on a little patch of waste ground opposite the Tara Towers hotel, oddly enough. The country in the city.
I remember my father talking about it, he passed it every day in the train, thought it was waste land and wondered why no one built a factory on it until he saw Amuigh faoin Spéir, its amazing the influence the program had on ordinary city people.
 

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And the way Gerrit vanGeldren sketched the waterfowl and Eamon spoke all about it made it a great kids programme. Gave me an interest in drawing if nothing else.
 

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This is very sad news. The man was an absolute gentleman.

RIP.
 

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A national treasure, patriot and gentleman. His wildlife programmes with Van Gelderen in the '70s and 80's rank among the best produced anywhere in the world.
 

Clanrickard

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Filmmaker amon de Buitlar dies - RT Ten

(No link in the OP, tut, tut.)

A true Irish original, one of the first independent film-makers to produce programmes for RTE and let's not forget his contribution to music as a member of the original Ceoltóirí Chualann.
As it is in all the national media I didn't see the point.
 

FrankSpeaks

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When you consider the tiny budgets he had to work with he managed to produce some wonderful wildlife shows. He was a national treasure. RIP.
 

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Maybe RTE will do some public service and repeat Eamon de Buitléar's films. RIP.
 

onlyasking

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Much of the seashore stuff was filmed on a little patch of waste ground opposite the Tara Towers hotel, oddly enough. The country in the city.
Personally, I wouldn't describe that place as a patch of waste ground. I know the surrounding areas are urban, but the mudflats, Booterstown Marsh, between the railway and the Rock Road, and the sandy beach beyon are a crucial spot for a wide range of birds - egrets, more common in Ireland now that mean temperatures are increasing, geese, oystercatchers, dunlins, breeding pairs of swans, and the magnificent herons etc. I cannot pass this stretch without a sense of wonder at the ancient cycles of migration and survival for all to see, in a capital city.

My magical minutes of contemplation when passing by, on a Dart seat chosen in advance for the best view on my journey, are quite possibly a result of the many hours of pure enjoyment that Eamon De Buitlear (and Gerret Van Geldren) brought into my family home via RTE television during the late 60s and 70s.

I recently heard a long interview with Eamon - a joy to listen to, a man of wit, grace and charm, not to mention a great store of information.

I'd like to have met the man, merely to have said a warm thank you for engendering in me, in conjunction with my late father, a passion for the transcending beauty and power of the natural world.

Truly, one of a kind.
 

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Personally, I wouldn't describe that place as a patch of waste ground. I know the surrounding areas are urban, but the mudflats, Booterstown Marsh, between the railway and the Rock Road, and the sandy beach beyon are a crucial spot for a wide range of birds - egrets, more common in Ireland now that mean temperatures are increasing, geese, oystercatchers, dunlins, breeding pairs of swans, and the magnificent herons etc. I cannot pass this stretch without a sense of wonder at the ancient cycles of migration and survival for all to see, in a capital city.

My magical minutes of contemplation when passing by, on a Dart seat chosen in advance for the best view on my journey, are quite possibly a result of the many hours of pure enjoyment that Eamon De Buitlear (and Gerret Van Geldren) brought into my family home via RTE television during the late 60s and 70s.

I recently heard a long interview with Eamon - a joy to listen to, a man of wit, grace and charm, not to mention a great store of information.

I'd like to have met the man, merely to have said a warm thank you for engendering in me, in conjunction with my late father, a passion for the transcending beauty and power of the natural world.

Truly, one of a kind.
Fair point; my wording was shoddy.
 
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