Breandán Ó hEithir

Life
1930-1990; b. Inishmore, Aran Islands, b. Inishmore, son of school-teacher whose sis was the mother of Liam O’Flaherty; 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; also irreverent The Begrudger’s Guide to Irish Politics (1986); his distinctive, high-pitched ‘voice’ used by Brendan Behan in The Quare Fellow for commentary on hanging of the Kirwan-character; An Aran Reader (1991), was compiled by Ó hEithir and brought to completion by his son Ruairí on his death. DIW OCIL

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Works
Reps. incl. Over the Bar (Swords: Poolbeg 1984; rep. Cork: Collins Press 2005).

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Criticism
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, ‘Martin’s 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.]

See also [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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Commentary
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 O’Flaherty; 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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Notes
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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