Eric and Auriol Earle on the sea wall at Merrion,
around the time of their marriage in the early
1950s, courtesy Charles Lysaght.

Eric Earle, who has died in Guildford in Surrey at the age of 96, spent much of his early life at the house of his parents at the Merrion end of the Strand Road. As a boy, he was an altar server at the High Anglican St John’s church in Sandymount. He went from Trinity, where he was a Scholar in History, into the British Colonial Service as an education officer in the Gold Coast (now Ghana). His subsequent career was in London University. He was one of the founders of Ghana Aid, an organisation for the promotion of education in that country.
Eric maintained his Irish connection, having his base for regular Irish visits at his apartment in Salthill. He collaborated in a book published in 2013 by the Office of Public Works on his great grandfather William Despard Hemphill, a medical doctor in Clonmel, who was also a pioneer of photography in the 1840s.