Obituary: Liam Ó Murchú, Broadcaster
February 10, 1929 - June 28, 2015
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.