Distinguished Irish archaeologist, best known for his work on Neolithic tombs in Ireland. Born in Dublin, the fourth son of the Irish president Eamon de Valera, he was educated at Blackrock College and University College, Dublin, where he obtained a Ph.D. with a thesis on court tombs. His first professional appointment was with the Ordnance Survey of Ireland. In 1957 he was appointed Professor of Archaeology at University College, Dublin, and thereafter developed his department into the largest school of archaeology in Ireland. Amongst his many publications are the first four volumes of The survey of the megalithic tombs of Ireland, which he wrote with Seán Ó Nualláin.
Irish Times, 31 October 1978