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Death of Jack O'Callaghan - Leevale AC

Jack "Jackie" O'Callaghan R.I.P. - Condolences

The Officers and Officials of Cork Athletics County Board extend their condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of our esteemed colleague Jack O'Callaghan. 

(From Leevale AC)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jackie O’Callaghan, a great personal friend and founding member of the Leevale AC. Jackie started his running career with Hilltown AC in 1957, and was the foundation stone of all Leevale and Cork distance running teams up to the late 70s. A member of a large sporting family from Grange, Douglas, Jackie excelled at an extra ordinary range of events; 880 yards (1:56), 1 mile (4:08), right up to the marathon (2:26). Among his many notable performances was his win in the first Cork to Cobh Road race in the colours of Hilltown AC. He had many county and provincial wins including the Munster Marathon. He also finished second in the Irish 6 Mile Championships to the great Sean O’Sullivan in an epic race. He was a scoring member of all the Leeevale and Cork cross country and road running teams Through the '70s. An outstanding Clubman, he will be remembered with pride and affection not only in Leevale, but by the many friends he made throughout the country.

We offer our sincere condolences to his devoted wife Eileen, his large family and relations, especially his brothers Georgy and Con, who were delivered colours with distinction. Sadly we will be unable to give Jackie there resounding send-off he merits due to this time of coronavirus but we will organise a memorial service when times normalise.

It was all also famous for celebrations where he was good for a pint or two and a song we will sing ’Prab ’san ol’. To his memory soon.

The time you won your town the race

We chaired you through the market-place;

Man and boy stood cheering by,

And home we brought you shoulder-high.

Today, the road all runners come,

Shoulder-high we bring you home,

And set you at your threshold down,

Townsman of a stiller town

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

Notice from

The death has occurred of Jack O'Callaghan
Mount Brosna, Mayfield, Cork

O’CALLAGHAN (Mayfield, Cork): On March 20th 2020, peacefully at the Mercy University Hospital, JACK, Mount Brosna (late of Hilltown A.C.C. AND Leevale A.C.), dearly loved husband of Eily (née O’ Sullivan) and much loved father of Marie, Sylvia, Eileen, John, Sharon, Collette, Darren, Raymond, David, Brian, Kieran and the late Sheila, and loving brother of Rosie, Sheila, Hughie, George, Denis, Con, Timmy and the late Joe, Mary, Helen and Phil. Sadly missed by his loving and wife and family, brothers, sisters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

In an effort to follow best practice and guideline with Covid-19, Jack’s funeral will take place privately. We thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

“May he rest in peace”



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