SAD LOSS OF OLIVER MCCULLAGH

Oliver McCullagh

Hundreds of people turned out this week in County Tyrone to bid farewell to the late Oliver McCullagh. The Greencastle man’s cortege from his home to St. Patrick’s Church, Greencastle was led by lone piper Michael Kelly and representatives of clubs from all over Ulster. McCullagh was not only the originator and organiser of the Greencastle 5 Miles road race but also an influential figure in the development of the sport in mid-Ulster.

Fr. Eddie Gallagher led an emotion-charged requiem service with the following extract reading from Ecclesiastes:

There is a time for everything,

And a season for every activity under the heavens:

A time to be born and a time to die.

Oliver was heavily involved in activity but sadly his time came much too soon. He will not be forgotten and is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Olivia (Mullin), sons Pierce and Connor, their respective partners, and grandsons and granddaughters. May he rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Lone piper Mickey Kelly leads the cortege.

IRISH MASTERS’ RECORD FOR DTC ATHLETE

David Stewart (2nd left) at the conclusion of pentathlon at European Masters’ Indoors, Braga, Portugal.

DTC athlete David Stewart set a new M55 record in finishing eighth in the pentathlon event in Barga, Portugal. David set personal bests in all five events. His best individual result came in the 1000m with a 3:20.69 timing which was worth 719 points. (results at https://emaci22.vercel.app/results)

Other DTC athletes were in action at the Buncrana parkrun where they filled the top three positions in windy conditions (four in the top ten).

  1. Adrian Boyle 18:49 (74.76%)
  2. Cathal McLaughlin 18:50 (80.88%)
  3. David Mellon 20:08 (69.37%) …9th Conor McIlveen 23:35

Across the water DTC’s Stephen Logan was second in the Beverley Westwood parkrun in 19:43 (69.23%).