Brendan McWilliams

Journalist, Deceased Person

1944 – 2007


Who was Brendan McWilliams?

Brendan McWilliams was an Irish meteorologist and science writer. He was born in Dublin in 1944 but grew up in Waterville, County Kerry where his father was in charge of the Valentia Observatory. He graduated in science from University College Cork in 1964. He joined the Meteorological Service in 1965 and worked as a weather forecaster, first at Shannon Airport and later at the Central Analysis and Forecast Office in Dublin. During the 1970s he was a regular presenter of the daily weather forecast on Raidió Teilifís Éireann television.

In 1978, Brendan McWilliams became Head of the Meteorological Service at Dublin Airport, and from 1981 to 1990 he was Head of Administration at Met Éireann, the Irish Meteorological Service. In 1987 he obtained an MBA from the National University of Ireland Dublin and became Deputy Director of Met Éireann in 1990. He was appointed as Director of Administration of the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation based in Germany in 1998 and retired in 2004.

Brendan McWilliams's daily "Weather Eye" column in The Irish Times, began in 1988 and became one of the most popular features of the newspaper.

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Aug 7, 1944
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
Lived in
  • County Kerry
Oct 22, 2007

on July 23, 2013


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