Opinion

Monday 18 December 2017

Obituary: Liam Ó Murchú, Broadcaster

February 10, 1929 - June 28, 2015

Stellar career: Liam o Murchu's only possible misstep was running for election in 1982
Stellar career: Liam o Murchu's only possible misstep was running for election in 1982

The Ireland of 40 and 50 years ago was often a harsh, cold, stridently humourless environment. This was reflected in how the Irish language was taught and promoted: there was a sense of "national and cultural duty" about the whole thing, but not a great helping of enjoyment or fun.

Liam Ó Murchú, who died this week, was a notable and honourable exception to all this.

The Cork native was a writer, broadcaster, administrator and even, briefly, a politician - but most of us will remember him best for the bilingual chat-show Trom agus Éadrom.

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