This year, the Shaking Bog Festival celebrates the life and work of renowned filmmaker and environmentalist Éamon de Buitléar.
Based in Delgany, County Wicklow, De Buitléar embarked on his life’s vocation in the early 1960s and emerged as Ireland's most respected wildlife filmmaker, introducing and inspiring generations to understand the natural world. A household name in Ireland’s television landscape, he was also a founder member of Seán Ó Riada's Ceoltóirí Chualann, passionately promoting and safeguarding traditional music and the Irish language.
In 1987, he was appointed to Seanad Éireann, in recognition of his work on environmental issues as well as to the Heritage Council and Central Fisheries Board. De Buitléar’s prolific career, spanning writing, TV programmes and music has inspired and enriched our understanding and appreciation of the Irish landscape and its people.
The Shaking Bog Festival invites you to share in Éamon’s enthusiasm for the life and land that surrounded him, allowing him to show us, once again, the country outside our doors anew. Join us for a screening of a selection of his work, followed by a panel discussion with Eamon's wife Lailli, editor Jim Dalton, musician Paddy Glackin and wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson - and chaired by environmentalist and author Paddy Woodworth.
“Éamon’s constant concern for various aspects of our heritage – natural, cultural and musical – has enriched not only his personal archive but national life.”
- Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway