Castleknock College Union

Barry Cahill, class '58

In Memoriam

Dec 29, 2016
Barry Cahill, class '58 -


The Union is saddened to hear of the passing of Barry Cahill, class '58.

The death has occurred of Barry CAHILL
Glenageary, Dublin

CAHILL, Barry (late of Glenageary, Co. Dublin) - December 29th 2016, peacefully after a short illness in the great care of the staff of the ICU, St. Vincent's Hospital. Beloved husband of Camilla, and loving father of Stuart, Sally-Anne, Ronan and Donough. Sadly missed by his brother Eamonn, sisters-in law, son and daughters in-law and his 18 fantastic grandchildren.

Reception in Quinn’s of Glasthule on Sunday, 1st January, 3pm to 5pm. Funeral on Monday, 2nd January, after 10am Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Dalkey followed by a private cremation.

Date Published: Friday 30th December 2016             Date of Death: Thursday 29th December 2016

Barry came to Knock following in the footsteps of his elder brother Eamonn who was just the year ahead of him. He enjoyed four memorable years with us and was very proud in his sixth year to captain the Second Club and to take home a winning medal in the basketball league. It was also at SVC that we first witnessed his ability to establish friendships that were to endure for decades.

On leaving school he studied at the College of Pharmacy and on graduating be became the third generation pharmacist in his family. His grandfather was a member of the 2nd Battalion of the Volunteers who were to occupy Jacobs biscuit factory during the Easter Rising. Apparently, one of Jacob's management didn't trust the Volunteers good intentions and insisted in remaining on the premises. Shortly after he became exceptionally ill but he was assured that the garrison had a specially appointed medical officer to care for him. It is related that when it was revealed that the 'designated medical officer' was 'only' a chemist he demanded to be taken immediately to the nearest hospital.

Barry was to spend the following four years as a medical rep in the north of Scotland. On his return to Ireland he took up an appointment with Coras Trachtala (Irish Export Board) and in the course of time he became head of the food and drink section. Some years later Barry moved on as a consultant in the international field of food exporting. In time he acquired a reputation for his knowledge of the food markets in the U.S.A. and Canada which was rewarded by exclusive marketing rights in North America for many of the leading food producers in Europe.

Following retirement he involved himself in community activities, including the Irish Cancer Society which Barry referred to as "the most exclusive club in Ireland", only those who have had cancer may join. Barry died on 29th December, 2016 just two days short of the fiftieth wedding anniversary that he and Camilla had hoped to enjoy. He is survived by Camilla (nee Lane), their children Stuart, Sally Ann, Ronan, Donagh and his eighteen grandchildren.

Requiescat in Pace.