Tributes paid following death of beloved former Offaly teacher

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Tributes paid following death of beloved Offaly teacher

Tributes have been flooding in today following the death of former Edenderry teacher, Phil O'Callaghan.

Mrs O'Callaghan, a Clare native, worked for many years in St. Mary's Secondary School and is fondly remembered by numerous generations of former students as a kind-hearted and mild-mannered Home Economics teacher. 

Phil is sadly missed by her loving husband Brendan, son Paul, daughters Áine and Claire, brothers Padraig and Michael-John, sisters Mary-Agnes and Bernie, grandson Aidan, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives, extended family and many friends. 

Following her death on Wednesday, many friends and indeed former students have paid glowing tributes. 

John Quinlan said: "Very sorry to hear this sad news. David Kelly and myself were, I think, her first male Home Economics students, God bless her patience."

Alison McLoughlin said: "I'm so sorry for your loss, what an amazing lady and such an amazing kind-hearted teacher we all loved."

Martha Dalton wrote: "May she rest in peace. Such a beautiful lady whom I have treasured memories of in secondary school."

Edel Kelly described Mrs O'Callaghan as "a true lady" and "the kindest of all teachers with a heart of pure gold."

Ellen McCloskey said: "Mrs O Callaghan was a lovely teacher who always gave great help in class and always remembered me after my school days were finished and stopped for a chat."

Funeral Arrangements:

Reposing at her home on Carrick Road this Friday from 4pm - 8pm with Rosary at 8pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 11am in St. Mary's Church Edenderry followed by burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. House Private except for times mentioned above.