I was genuinely shocked at this news. Eamon really was one of the good guys, an absolute gentleman who was respected across the community.
He was a history teacher in St Malachys before moving to Stranmillis University College. Over the years I have met many people who were taught by Eamon and I never heard nothing but praise for him.
His warm tones made even the most dry historical subject captivating. I often thought he would have been fantastic at recording sleep stories.
I will miss his annual talk on the state archives. I will miss his frequent media appearances, he had a talent for making history accessible and relevant to everyone.
Our sympathies to his wife Alice and daughter Mary-Alice on their loss. He will be missed.
I help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily politics, preferring to write about big ideas in society. When not stuck in front of a screen, I am a parkrun Run Director.