Ronnie Wathen

Ronnie was born in 1934 from a wealthy background of Scots and Welsh descent.  He was a good scholar, he avoided the Oxbridge education he was due and escaped to Trinity College Dublin. He published a book of poems, Brick published by the prestigious Dolmen Press.  He pioneered rock climbs of some difficulty in Wicklow and Donegal.   And he made friends, an activity which he had a particular affinity.  He met his wife Asta in a Kibbutz in Israel, followed her to Copenhagen and remained wedded to her from then on.  He liked Spain and moved to Deia with Asta and his two children. They built a house and settled into a life of Spanish winters and summers in Greece or Iceland always with Ireland somewhere in between.  He liked to play pipes and he bought his first set in 1969 and laboured as never in his life to gain empathy with them and expression from them.  He was “a shambling, funny, savage man whose fierce mind fully knew which way his spleen should expend itself”.

He died of a brain tumour in 1993.