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The death has taken place of Seán O'Healaí

The death has occurred of Seán O'Healaí, a popular and highly accomplished former broadcaster with Raidio Na Gaeltachta. He was 79.

Mr. O'Healaí, a native of Achill, joined the Irish language station in the 1980s.

In the latter years of his broadcasting service he was based in Castlebar.

He was also a contributor to programming here on Midwest over the years.

Paying tribute, Gearóid MacDonnachda, acting Ceannaire at Radio Na Gaeltachta described him as “a great ambassador for the Gaelic speaking communities in Mayo”.

He was very proud of his Mayo roots,” Mr. MacDonnachda continued. “He gave great service to this station.”

Sean O'Healaí is survived by his wife, Finóla, Rathbawn, Castlebar, two sons, Rory and Fionnán and a daughter, Tríona.

He passed away at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar this morning.

Prior to taking up employment with Raidio Na Gaeltcahta, Mr. O'Healaí worked with the National Manpower Service in Castlebar in the 1970's having previously worked as a cimira (area organiser) with Conradh Na Gaeilge.

Tony Cawley, a former colleague of Sean's in National Manpower and a fellow gaeilgóir,said: “Seán had a great love for the language and the people of the Gaeltacht. The job of roving reporter suited him.

He reported on a lot of important issues over the decades and collected a wealth of archive material that might otherwise have gone uncollected”.

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