Thursday 13 December 2018

'48 hero Callan passes away

The death has been announced of Colum Callan, a member of Ireland's historic 1948 Grand Slam-winning team, who died peacefully last Sunday at Beechtree Nursing Home following a long illness, WRITES DAVID KELLY.

Originally from Louth, Callan played club rugby in the second row for Lansdowne. He won the first of his 10 Ireland caps on January 25, 1947, at Lansdowne Road.

Ireland lost 12-8 to France, but beat England and Scotland before losing a Triple Crown clash with Wales in Swansea. Callan played in all four games during the Five Nations Championship before being omitted for the Test against Australia on December 6, 1947.

He was back in the team for the opening match the following season, a victory over France at the Stade Colombes on New Year's Day, 1948. Callan's last cap was against England at Lansdowne Road, which Ireland won.

The president, committee and staff of the IRFU have offered their condolences to his wife, Margaret, and children Richard, David, Frank, Paul, Mary and Anne.

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