President Higgins leads tributes to writer and journalist Liam Mac Con Iomaire
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins has led tributes to writer, broadcaster and journalist, Liam Con Iomaire, who has died aged 81.
Mr Mac Con Iomaire, a native of Doire an Fhéich, near Casla in the Connemara Gaeltacht, qualified as a primary school teacher and taught for 11 years in Scoil Lorcáin, an all-Irish national school in Monkstown, in Dublin.
He worked for a further 11 years on the Nuacht desk in the RTÉ newsroom, as journalist, sub-editor and Nuacht reader. He spent the following seventeen years as Director of the Irish Language Laboratory in the Department of Modern Irish in University College Dublin.
He became well-known through chairing the popular Raidió na Gaeltachta panel programme “Leagan Cainte” for 13 years. Liam Mac Con Iomaire also wrote a number of books including a biography of his friend and colleague, Breandán Ó hEithir.
Rated as an expert on the people, language and heritage of Connemara, he wrote Conamara: The Unknown Country with filmaker Bob Quinn published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht in 1997. Most recently he worked on an acclaimed translation of Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s classic Cré na Cille with Tim Robinson, which was published by Yale University Press and Cló Iar-Chonnacht as Graveyard Clay in 2016.
President Higgins said Liam had a huge influence on Irish culture and a great knowledge and lore, especially relating to his native place. He expressed his sympathy with his wife, Bairbre, and his children.