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Statement from President Higgins on the death of David Shaw-Smith

Date: Tue 19th Jan, 2021 | 20:51

“Not only those who recall the wonderful texture of the film series ‘Hands’ but all those with an interest in Irish culture and history will have been deeply saddened on hearing of the death of David Shaw-Smith.

As a nation, we owe him a debt of gratitude for his work documenting the arts and crafts traditions across our island, as immortalised in the 28 documentaries in his ‘Hands’ series.

His loss will be felt most acutely by his family, to whom I convey my deepest condolences, and my wish is that they draw comfort from, and can share in the deep appreciation that exists for the unique legacy on Irish life and film that he has left us.”