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Originally a TV show, then a comic strip -
Dáithí Lacha (English: David Duck) was an Irish language cartoon series for children broadcast on RTÉ during the 1960s. The series was not animated, however. For each five-minute episode, creator and illustrator, Flann O'Riain, produced a static comic strip which was then shown one frame at a time. A single narrator described the action and spoke the dialogue.
As well as the central character, the series also featured Maidhc Madra (Mike the Dog) and Puisín the cat.
The first episode was broadcast on December 31, 1962. For the first few years of its run, the series was transmitted three days a week. By the time the final episode appeared in July 1969, Dáithí Lacha had become a weekly show.
Today, Ireland's first home-grown TV cartoon star is remembered by viewers of a certain generation for his frequent cries of "Aililiú!" (English: Good Heavens!), as well as for his large striped underpants - the only garb he wore.
April 20, 2008