Breandán Ó hEithir
b. Inishmore, Aran Islands, b. Inishmore, son of school-teacher whose sis was the mother of Liam OFlaherty; ed. Coláiste Einde, Galway, and UCG; ; dropped out of college; worked on building sites in England, and on fishing-trawlers out of Grimsby; also as farm-labourer in East Anglia and a travelling bookseller in Ireland; became Irish Editor to Irish Press, 1957-63, and Irish lang. ed. for Sairséal agus Dill; wrote a column for Sunday Press; edited Comhar; established national presence as RTÉ Television sports broadcaster, covering GAA;
wrote films and newsreels for Gael-Linn; lived in Germany and France for some years prior to death; commuted for radio and television work; contributed column to the Irish Times; issued Thar Ghealchathair Soir (1973); Lig Sinn i gCathú (1976, rep. 1984), a bawdy novel about Galway undergraduate life, and English translation of same as Lead Us Into Temptation (1978), and in German as Führe uns in Veruchung (1985); Willie the Plain Pint agus an Pápa (1977); Over the Bar (Swords: Poolbeg 1984), a personal account of the GAA; Sionnach Ar Mo Dhuán (1988), a second novel, depicted sex frankly;
An Aran Reader (1991), was compiled by Ó hEithir and brought to completion by his son Ruairí on his death; also issued The Begrudgers Guide to Irish Politics (1986); his distinctive high-pitched voice was used by Brendan Behan in The Quare Fellow for commentary on hanging of the Kirwan-character. DIW OCIL
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Reps. incl. Over the Bar (Swords: Poolbeg 1984; rep. Cork: Collins Press 2005); The Begrudgers Guide to Irish Politics(1986).
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- Kevin Casey, Paddywhackery; Léirmheas ar Lead Us Not into Temptation le Breandán Ó hEither (Hibernia, 5 Oct. 1978);
- Alan Harrison, Go dté tú slán, review of Lig Sinn I gCathú, in Nua-Aois (1976), pp.59-70;
- Brendan Kennelly, Martins Progress, review of Lead Us Not Into Temptation, in Irish Times (7 Oct. 1978);
- Vincent Lawrence, Good ... but Obvious, review of Lead Us Into Temptation, in Sunday Press (8 Oct. 1978);
- Éanna Mac Cába, touching on a Raw nerve, review of Sionnach ar Mo Duán, in The Sunday Press (26 Feb 1989);
- Prionsias Ó Drisceoil, Lead Us Not Into Shenanigans, review of Sionnach ar mo Dhuán in Irish Times (14 Eanáir 1989);
- Muiris Ó Droigheáin, Fealsúnacht Fágálaigh, review of Lig sinn I gCathú, in An tUltach (Meitheamh 1976);
- Aindreas Ó Gallchobhair, O hEithir, Major Step Forward, review of Sionnach ar no Dhuán, in Alpha (13 April 1989);
- Tadhg Ó Dushláine, Odaisé an Chraiceálaí Poitín, review of Sionnach ar mo Dhuán, in Comhar (Aibreán 1989);
- Liam Mac Con Iomaire, Breandán Ó hEithir: Iomramh Aonair (Cló Iar-Chonnacta 2000), 729pp. [For some listings of further reviews, see Alan Titley, An tÚrscéal Gaeilge, 1991.]
[Anthony] Riordan, Old School Tie-ups, review of Sionnach [... et al.], in Sunday Tribune (12 Feb. 1989); Séamus Martin, review of Liam Mac Con Iomaire, Breandán Ó hEithir: Iomramh Aonair (Cló Iar-Chonnacta 2000), in Irish Times (18 Nov. 2000) [infra].
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Séamus Martin, review of Liam Mac Con Iomaire, Breandán Ó hEithir: Iomramh Aonair (Cló Iar-Chonnacta 2000), in Irish Times (18 Nov. 2000); notes Faoileán Árainn [prog.] on TnG4, marking 10th anniversary of his death, and this biography [trans., Solitary Oarsman]; b. Inishmore, son of school-teacher mother, sis. of Liam OFlaherty; dealt unmercifully with politically-motivated cultural provincialism; leading current affairs journalist with Fíche (RTE). See also Irish Times (Friday 3 Nov.), notice of book launch.
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Namesake: Not to be confused with the scholar Brendan O Hehir who compiled Irish glossaries for Joyce (incl. Classical &c., with John Dillon) and editd Cooper's Hill of Sir John Denham in the California UP Single Works series.
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