Cork na­tive Colm had em­braced Wex­ford life OBITUARY

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THE COM­MU­NI­TIES of Wex­ford, Cork and Kil­muck­ridge turned out in huge num­bers for the very sad funeral of Colm O’Cal­laghan, who died on Novem­ber 11 at the age of 45 af­ter a long and coura­geous bat­tle with neu­roen­docrine tu­mours, which he fought with great dig­nity and hu­mil­ity.

Colm was born in Cork in 1972, went to school in Coláiste Chríost Rí and then stud­ied ac­coun­tancy in Cork RTC. Not long af­ter grad­u­at­ing he se­cured a po­si­tion with the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency in Wex­ford and moved at the age of 23 to live and work in Wex­ford.

From the out­set, Colm em­braced Wex­ford and Wex­ford em­braced Colm. His affin­ity for Wex­ford was prob­a­bly sealed in the great sum­mer of 1996 when the sun was shin­ing and Wex­ford brought home the Liam Mc­Carthy Cup.

How­ever, Colm was a fiercely proud Cork man and that proud­ness never left him. When he first came to Wex­ford, he worked part-time as a bar man in the Re­gal Lodge, where he be­came known as ‘Corky’.

Af­ter work­ing with the EPA for a num­ber of years he took up a po­si­tion as Fi­nan­cial Con­troller in Con­vertec. He then went into pri­vate prac­tice as an ac­coun­tant with LG

Cody where he later be­came part­ner.

For the last num­ber of years he ran the prac­tice which by that stage had be­come O’Cal­laghan

O’ Ma­hony, with his part­ner He­len O’Ma­hony in Clonard

Busi­ness Park.

In 2003, Colm mar­ried Ma­jella

O’Con­nor from Kil­muck­ridge and they had two boys, Fionn and Don­nacha. Colm was ex­tremely proud of his fam­ily and was at his hap­pi­est when spend­ing time with them whether that was en­joy­ing sim­ple pic­nics, fam­ily hol­i­days or the tra­di­tional Sun­day drive.

Hav­ing lived in Clonard since he moved to Wex­ford, in 2015 Colm ful­filled his dream of liv­ing in the coun­try when the fam­ily moved to their new home in Cool­ree.

Colm was very ac­tive in the Wex­ford com­mu­nity. He and Ma­jella and the boys joined Wex­ford Wan­der­ers Rugby Club. They made many great friends there through stand­ing on the side­lines, coach­ing and go­ing on rugby trips. He was also a great sup­porter of Glynn-Barn­town GAA Club, reg­u­larly watch­ing the boys play.

He was on the board of man­age­ment of Barn­town Na­tional School, where he was famed for bring­ing his ac­coun­tancy skills to bear on bud­gets and al­ways try­ing to spot an op­por­tu­nity to achieve ef­fi­cien­cies and save money.

Colm con­tracted neu­roen­docrine tu­mours (NETs) in 2006. He wanted to learn as much about it as he could and wanted to help other peo­ple with the ill­ness.

In 2012, along with other NETs pa­tients, in­clud­ing RTE’s Tom­mie Gor­man, Colm founded the NETs Pa­tient Network. The NETs Pa­tient Network is a sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion set up for pa­tients of neu­roen­docrine tu­mours in Ire­land to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and sup­port ser­vices. Colm helped or­gan­ise an an­nual con­fer­ence ev­ery year bring­ing in lead­ing ex­perts from Ire­land and all over the world to speak at the event.

In March of this year, Colm was ex­tremely proud to be in­vited, along with the com­mit­tee of the NETs Pa­tient Network, to at­tend a spe­cial event to mark the award­ing of the sta­tus of a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence to St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal by the Min­is­ter for Health Si­mon Har­ris.

He also served time on the Board of Di­rec­tors for The Hope Can­cer Sup­port Cen­tre in En­nis­cor­thy.

Any­one who en­coun­tered Colm in life re­marked on his or­gan­i­sa­tional abil­ity, in­quis­i­tive na­ture and his en­thu­si­asm for a good de­bate. He was one of life’s true gen­tle­men. While gone far too soon, he has left be­hind a won­der­ful legacy and great mem­o­ries.

He is sadly missed by his lov­ing wife Ma­jella; sons Fionn and Don­nacha; fa­ther Sean; mother-in-law Kath­leen; brothers Brian and Cian; sis­ters-in-law Su­san and Ciara; brothers-in-law Ai­dan and Tom and sis­ter-in-law Ann-Marie and their spouses He­lene, Mary and Pa­trick and his many neph­ews, nieces, wider fam­ily and friends.

Colm’s months mind will take place at 11 a.m. in St Alphon­sus Church in Barn­town on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 10.

The late Colm O’Cal­laghan.

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