MOURNERS from the world of television and politics who turned out to celebrate the life of the late film-maker Eamon de Buitlear heard Ireland had lost a "true patriot".
The congregation which flowed out of St Patrick's Church, in Kilquade, Co Wicklow heard generations had been inspired and had their lives enriched by the programmes and books penned by the conservationist.
Among those turning out to mark the life of the broadcaster were Chieftains fiddle player Sean Keane, musician Micheal O Suilleabhain and fiddler Paddy Glackin.
There were many faces familiar from both the Dail and television programmes including former Minister for Justice Nora Owen, Environment Minister Phil Hogan, Glenroe actress Geraldine Plunkett and RTE director general Noel Curran.
Mr de Buitlear, who died aged 83 on Sunday night, was known countrywide for his television wildlife series 'Amuigh Faoin Speir' (Out Under the Sky) and was a founding member of Sean O Riada's Ceoltoiri Chualann band.
The chief mourners at the funeral were his wife Lailli, and five children Aoife, Eanna, Roisin, Cian and Doireann.