Death of Munster great O’callaghan
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.