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Colum Callan, class '40

In Memoriam

May 31, 2010
Colum Callan, class '40 - KnockUnion.ie

The Union was saddened to hear of the passing of Colum Callan, class '40 who died peacefully on Sunday May 30th after a long illness.

The death has occurred of Colum CALLAN
Oldtown, Dublin

Beechtree Nursing Home, Oldtown and 1948 Grand Slam player. Peacefully, after a long illness courageously borne, at The Beacon Hospital. He will be deeply mourned by his loving wife Margaret, children Richard, David, Frank, Paul, Mary and Anne, daughters-in-law Siobhan and Bridie, grandchildren Simon, Finn and Ferdia,, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends. 

Removal on Wednesday evening to Our Mother of Divine Grace Church, Ballygall Road East, due at 5.30pm. Funeral on Thursday, after 11am Mass, to Dardistown Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to the Stuart Mangan Trust. House private.

Date Published: Monday 31st May 2010

Date of Death: Sunday 30th May 2010


Colum was originally from Port, Co. Louth and educated at Castleknock College where he played rugby at Schools Interprovincial level.  After leaving Castleknock College, he played rugby as a second-row forward for Lansdowne Football Club and was a member of the historic 1948 Grand Slam team.

Colm won his first cap against France in 1947, and was one of fourteen new caps in that game which included his team-mate Jackie Kyle.  Colm was part of the Irish team up to 1949, winning 10 caps, which included all matches against England, Scotland and finally Wales in Ravenhill to win the Grand Slam in 1948.  His last cap was against England at Lansdowne Road.  Following his rugby career, Colm worked in the insurance business.

The Union offers its condolences to his wife, Margaret and their six children.