Callaghan (Blarney and Liscahane, Millstreet) on 28th November 2016, peacefully but unexpectedly, at home and in the presence of his loving family. Tim, Killowen, Blarney (Retired Chief Superintendent Garda Siochana) dearly beloved husband of Ann (Betty) (nee O’Rourke) loving father of Michelle and Claire, much loved brother of Jane, Catherine and Michael, cherished grandfather of Willow, Daire, Rosie, Caoimhe and Ruby. Sadly missed and deeply mourned by his heartbroken family, sons-in-law, Andy and Colin, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, extended relatives, colleagues and his many friends.
Reposing at O’Connor Bros Funeral Home, North Gate Bridge on Wednesday evening from 5pm to 7pm. Reception prayers Thursday at 12.45pm in the North Cathedral followed by Requiem Mass at 1pm. Funeral private at the Island Crematorium. No flowers please. Donations to a charity of your choice. Requiescat in pace.
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“Back in 1967, our GSRMA colleague = Tim Callaghan (Blarney), was part of a relay-team that carried buckets of cement to the top of the 1400 mountain (Clara)” – GardaRetired.com
Warm tribute paid to former late Chief Supt Tim Callaghan
A warm tribute has been paid by a senior garda officer to former North Cork Chief Supt Tim Callaghan, a native of Millstreet, who died unexpectedly at his home in Blarney at the weekend.
Chief Supt Ger Dillane of North Cork said the late Mr Callaghan was a highly professional officer who never lost the common touch and remained a common sense policeman throughout his career.
“Timmy never lost the common touch, whether he was working in Cork city, where he knew the people of the Northside, or in North Cork, where he was equally well regarded and respected,” said Chief Supt Ger Dillane.
“He was always ‘Timmy” to people, even as he went up along the ranks, and he always brought a very human touch to the job – he used to visit the victims of crime and the families of victims.
“He had a great humanity and compassion about him and people recognised him for that- that’s why he was so well regarded by the public and so popular with his colleagues in the job.”
Chief Supt Dillane worked with the late Mr Callaghan in Gurranebraher Garda Station – one of several Cork city stations where he served before he moved to Mallow as an Inspector in the 1990s.
He later returned to North Cork as Chief Supt in Fermoy in the 2000s where he set up local special units to deal with drugs as well as generally improve the quality of police work on the ground.
“He had a great way with people but he was also a very astute policeman and he nurtured a lot of talented officers – he mentored a lot of people and was always generous with his advice and time.”
Chief Supt Dillane said the late Mr Callaghan had an extensive knowledge of the various criminal gangs operating in Cork city and county which he shared with colleagues wherever he worked.
“He had built up this huge reservoir of intelligence on various criminals from years of working as a detective and that stood to him when it came to investigating crime – he was a great investigator.”
“And he was very professional in court too, giving evidence – he knew how to present the evidence and that was very important in some of the major cases that he was involved in investigating.”
Mr Callaghan, who joined An Garda Siochana in 1964, served in McCurtain Street, Blarney, Shandon, Gurranbraher, Tralee, Mayfield, Anglesea Street, Caherciveen, Ennis, Mallow and Fermoy.
Mr Callaghan, who died on Sunday at home in Blarrney, aged 72, is survived by his wife, Betty and daughters Michelle and Claire as well as his sisters, Jane and Catherine and his brother, Michael.
A keen sportsman who played rugby for Cork Gardai , the Mr Callaghan was also an avid cyclist who would regularly go on 100kms spins from his home in Blarney around North and Mid-Cork.
“He was an extraordinarily fit man and would think nothing of jumping of his bike and cycling up to F Mitchelstown and back to Mallow and Kanturk and then home by Macroom,” said Chief Supt Dillane.
“He literally travelled the highways and byways of North Cork and Midl Cork on his bike and he would often cycle the Ring of Kerry as well which he loved doing with his cycling friends.”
The late Mr Callaghan’s remains will be cremated at the Island Crematorium in Ringaskiddy on Thursday afternoon following 1pm Requiem Mass at the North Cathedral in Cork city.
– from the Corkman