President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to writer, broadcaster and journalist Liam Mac Con Iomaire, who has died at the age of 81.

A native of Casla in the Connemara Gaeltacht, he worked as a primary school teacher before starting work in RTE in 1968, where he was a journalist and sub-editor in the newsroom, and Nuacht reader.

He was appointed as Director of the Modern Irish Language Laboratory in UCD in 1979, where he taught until his retirement in 1996. 

He was a noted translator and also wrote a number of books.

President Higgins said Mr Mac Con Iomaire had a huge influence on Irish culture.

He was predeceased by his daughter Nuala and survived by his wife Bairbre, daughter  Máirín and four sons, grandchildren and extended family.

His funeral Mass will take place tomorrow at 12 noon in Foxrock, Dublin followed by burial in Deansgrange Cemtery.

 

 

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