Brian Mor Ó
(1939 - 2012)
Brian was an indefatigable artist of prolific output. His
work touched many and scorched more. He had been ill for some
time but never failed to keep in touch with us. Always there,
offering moral support, while expressing regret that his
eyesight would not permit him to add to his prodigious volume of
work. A bane of the Section 31 mentality that so often managed
to co-opt those it once censored, Brian was a tireless advocate
of those who would not be silenced. He will be remembered long
after the censors have been forgotten.
I never met Brian Mór Ó
Baoighill in person. I was banned from the United States from January
1974 and he had not visited Ireland. However, he interviewed me on
numerous occasions as part of the team working for Ireland’s unity and
freedom on Radio Free Éireann.
I was impressed by his
grasp of the realities of the Irish situation and in his incisive
questioning he did not spare me. That was his duty as a journalist and
he fulfilled it ably. All in all he was a dedicated and sincere Irish
Brian Mór was positive
and forward-looking and I expected to meet him the weekend of May 19 on
his visit to Dublin to be honoured with the other veterans from each of
the four provinces of Ireland.
But the Good Lord
intervened and it was not to be. His work for Irish freedom will always
be an inspiration to us. Ar dheis Dé go raimh a anam calma, uasal.
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh