Death of Mun­ster great O’cal­laghan

Irish Examiner - Sport - - RUGBY/WORLD OF SPORT -

The death has oc­curred of the for­mer Mun­ster and Ire­land rugby player Mick O’cal­laghan. He was 81.

A na­tive of Cork, where he at­tended Pre­sen­ta­tion Brothers Col­lege and with whom he won a Mun­ster Schools Se­nior Cup medal in 1954, O’cal­laghan went on to rep­re­sent Sun­days Well for many years.

His speed around the pitch and fear­less­ness made him an in­valu­able mem­ber of a suc­ces­sion of Mun­ster teams. He fa­mously played on with his fore­head cov­ered in blood­stained ban­dages in 1964, when a fa­mous All Blacks side es­caped to vic­tory (6-3) at Thomond Park.

He was also a mem­ber of the Mun­ster team that de­feated Aus­tralia at Mus­grave Park two years later, by which time he was play­ing his club rugby with Young Mun­ster in Lim­er­ick. He won three Ir­ish caps in the early 60s.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Jean (nee Quin) and fam­ily Mike, Stephen, Gary, Laura and Ni­amh.

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