Sadness follows death of popular teacher

Sadness follows death of popular teacher There was shock and sadness in the Castlerea in recent days at news of the death of popular local teacher and community worker Liam Campbell.             Mr Campbell passed away unexpectedly at University Hospital Galway on the 13th August last. Liam Campbell was a teacher at Castlerea Vocational School and more recently at Castlerea Community School between 1968 and 2004, when he retired.             An avid GAA follower, he took charge of many teams in local schools and with Castlerea St. Kevin’s over the years. He played for the famed St. Jarlath’s College in Tuam where he won an All Ireland colleges title in 1960. Liam Campbell was president of the Castlerea St. Kevin’s GAA club in the early 80s and he also was vice chairman of the club in the late 70s.             Liam will be remembered as the man who ran the bar at the O’Rourke Centre for many years and he was one of the nicest men one could hope to meet and he treated everyone with respect, regardless of their club allegiance. He will also be remembered as the proprietor at one time of the well known Horse and Jockey public house in Castlerea – a well known house for sports followers over the years.             Liam was also a past member of Roscommon VEC and a former of the Board of Management at Castlerea Community School. Liam was also very involved in Castlerea Credit Union and was also involved in the local Castlerea Fianna Fáil organisation.             The huge crowds who attended the removal funeral mass the burial was an indication of the esteem that Liam Campbell was held in by people from far and wide.             Liam Campbell is survived by his wife Joan, daughters Amanda, Lorraine, Judith and Sheena and a large number of relatives and friends. To them all my deepest sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. (SD)