Date Published: 14-Aug-2008

Taoiseach Brian Cowen is leading the tributes to Furbo’s Nollaig O’Gadhra whose funeral takes place this evening and tomorrow.

The founder member of Teilifís na Gaeilge and former President of Conradh na Gaeilge Nollaig Ó Gadhra died last evening at the age of 64.

Mr Ó Gadhra was a journalist, historian and lecturer and wrote a number of books including biographies of Ghandi, Edmund Ignatius Rice and a history of the First Dáil.

The Limerick native worked as a print and broadcast journalist, mainly with RTÉ and the Irish language publication Inniú.

He also lectured in communications in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and was a tireless campaigner for the Irish language, having served as President of Conradh na Gaeilge.

64 year old Mr O’Gadhra suffered ill health over the years and passed away last evening at his home in Furbo.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has described Nollaig as a proud Irishman and Republican, who always promoted Ireland’s culture and heritage.

He’s survived by his wife Maureen, his son Daithi and his daughters Siobhan and Maureen and a wide circle of colleagues and friends.

Nollaig O’Gadhra will be reposing at his home in Furbo from 6 until 10 this evening and he will be laid to rest in Knock cemetery Inverin after 1 o clock mass tomorrow.