Breandán Ó hEithir

Breandán Ó hEithir (18 January 1930 – 26 October 1990) was an Irish writer and broadcaster.[1]

Breandán Ó hEithir
Born18 January 1930
Inis Mór, Oileáin Árann, Contae na Gaillimhe, Ireland
Died26 October 1990(1990-10-26) (aged 60)
Dublin, Ireland
OccupationWriter, journalist, broadcaster
GenreFiction, autobiography, politics, geography
Subjectmodern Irish prose
Notable worksLig Sinn i gCathú
SpouseCatherine von Hildebrand


He was born in Inis Mór, County Galway. His parents were national school teachers Pádraic Ó hEithir and Delia Ní Fhlaithearta; he attended their school in Kilronan. He received his secondary school education at Coláiste Éinde (St Enda's College) in Galway. He attended University College Galway for three years but left without obtaining a degree.

Ó hEithir wrote in both Irish and English, and was highly regarded for the originality and liveliness of his journalism, especially his work in Irish.

After college, he spent a number of years working as an itinerant bookseller for Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge. He served as an editor at Sáirséal agus Dill, the Irish language publishing house, and as Irish language editor for The Irish Press from 1957 to 1963; he also wrote a column for The Sunday Press. He was a regular columnist with the journal Comhar and also contributed a weekly column to The Irish Times. He also served as a staff journalist with Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), working on the current affairs programmes Cúrsaí and Féach.

He married Catherine von Hildebrand in 1957 and they had five children; Ruairí, Máirín, Brian, Aindriú, and Rónán. Catherine was born in Paris, the daughter of Deirdre Mulcahy from Sligo and Franz von Hildebrand from Munich, son of the noted philosopher and theologian Dietrich von Hildebrand.

He was a nephew of Aran Islands authors Liam Ó Flaithearta and Tom Maidhc Ó Flaithearta, the brothers of his mother Delia. A biography of Ó hEithir has been written by Liam Mac Con Iomaire.



  1. "Breandan O hEithir, Irish Writer, Dies at 60", The New York Times, 1990-10-25.
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