Great sadness at death of Colm O’Callaghan

  The death of one of Roscommon town’s most respected community figures, Colm O’Callaghan of Racecourse Road, Roscommon, on Wednesday, August 8th, was the cause of much sadness in the town.             A member of the well-known O’Callaghan family from Cloonbonniffe, Castlerea, his name was synonymous in Co. Roscommon with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and the annual county fleadh and he was also a long-serving fundraiser for Rehab. He was also an ardent follower of Roscommon GAA teams down through the years. He was a highly knowledgeable and well-read individual who had a wide circle of friends.             The late Mr. O’Callaghan was born in 1925, one of a large family born to two national school teachers, Micheál and Annie O’Callaghan of The Don School, Cloonbonniffe, Castlerea. His late brother Micheál was the Chairman of Roscommon County Board for many years and was Editor of the Roscommon Herald for over 30 years.             The late Colm O’Callaghan’s father and grandfather were both Principals of Cloonbonniffe NS. Colm attended the school as a boy before going on to attend the Christian Brothers Secondary School in Roscommon town in 1938, boarding in nearby Abbey Street.             The late Mr. O’Callaghan is survived by his wife and three daughters. The removal from Smyth’s Funeral Home to the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon, takes place this evening (Thursday) at 7 pm. Mass at 11.30 am on Friday will be followed by burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Castlerea.   May he rest in peace.