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Dick Warner

Dick Warner (19 July 1946 – 16 June 2017) was an Irish environmentalist, writer and broadcaster.

Dick Warner
Born Richard Warner
(1946-07-19)19 July 1946
Died 16 June 2017(2017-06-16) (aged 70)
Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland
Alma mater Trinity College Dublin
Occupation Environmentalist, writer
Known for Presenter of Waterways


Warner was best known for presenting three series of the half-hour documentary programme, Waterways, in which he explored Ireland's canals by barge. Waterways was first broadcast in 1991 on Ireland's national TV station, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) and later transmitted internationally on channels such as Discovery and Channel 4.

In 1992, Warner won a Jacob's Award for Waterways.[1]

He worked on over ninety other broadcast television documentaries, including Spirit of Trees and Ironing the Land. Warner also carried out work for the Central Fisheries Board, The Loughs Agency, The Office of Public Works, the National Botanic Gardens and Tourism Ireland[2]

Warner wrote a weekly column for the Irish Examiner, published every Monday, and another season of Waterways began airing on RTÉ in 2011.[3] Prior to its closure Warner wrote a column in the Evening Press.

Warner was a graduate of Trinity College Dublin. He was married with two children and resided in County Kildare.[citation needed]

Warner died suddenly on 16 June 2017, after falling ill while travelling on a boat on the River Shannon near Ballinasloe.


  • Waterways: by steam launch through Ireland (1995)
  • Voyage: Around the Irish Coast (1999)
  • The Liffey: Portrait of a River (2008)


  1. ^ "Winners of radio and TV awards". The Irish Times. 16 November 1992. Other winners in the television category were...Mr Dick Warner, for the series Waterways, which recorded an "inspiring" odyssey on Ireland's inland waterways 
  2. ^ "Dick Warner". Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Warner, Dick. "Waterways - The Royal Canal". RTÉ. Retrieved 3 October 2011.