Irish Times columnist Brendan McWilliams (63) has died after a short illness. He was a native of Waterville, Co Kerry, and the author of the popular Weather Eye column.
An accredited chartered meteorologist, he was a former deputy director of Met Éireann. During the 1990s, he served as director of the Programme of Expert Studies on Climate Change for the Department of the Environment.
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His columns' wide range of subjects and stories informed and entertained thousands over the years and often offered more insight into people and society than 10 pol corrs put together. A real loss to journalism in Ireland.