Lives Remembered

Dick Warner: Documentary maker and environmentalist was 'explorer, pioneer and adventurer'

Dick Warner was involved in more than 90 television documentaries. Picture from Tile Films

DICK Warner was credited with more than 90 television documentaries in a career which saw him travel the world pursuing his passion for waterways.

Described as an "explorer, a pioneer and an adventurer", he was best known for writing and presenting 24 episodes of the award-winning RTE programme Waterways.

His distinctive voice brought the history and mysteries of Ireland's canals and coastal waters to life for a generation of viewers.

Waterways also enjoyed an international audience on Discovery and Channel 4 and he was involved in the RTE/Channel 4 co-production Spirit of Trees and presented shows about Irish railways and other subjects.

President Michael D Higgins said he was a dedicated environmentalist and a “wonderful filmmaker, and his beautiful work on the canals of Ireland was outstanding”.

The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland said he "possessed a special kind of greatness".

"Dick died suddenly while boating near Ballinasloe. While we are all shocked and saddened by Dick's passing, we are safe in the knowledge that when he was called home to port, Dick was engaged in what he himself described as his 'full-blown love affair with the waterways'."

Warner, who lived in Co Kildare, also wrote a weekly wildlife column for the Irish Examiner and published several books.

He died aged 70 on June 16.

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