Christopher O'Shea Memorial
Christopher O'Shea - An Appreciation
By Brendan McGlynn
The death took place in St Vincent’s Hospital on 11th September ’08 of Christopher O’Shea, Clonard Drive. Aged 59 years, he died peacefully surrounded by his wife and family following a short illness. An accountant by profession, he was employed by Musgrave Cash & Carry in Cork until he was transferred to Dublin in 1987. It was then he came to live in Clonard with his wife Bernadette and their five children. Christopher had attended the Presentation brothers College in Cork where he played rugby. He won a junior Cup in 1965 and a Senior Cup in 1966. He played club rugby with Sundays Well.
Having come to Dublin he soon became a life-long and valued member of Naomh Olaf GAA Club. He was probably best known locally for his love of dogs, and he could be seen regularly walking them in Ballawley Park. He was very proud of the fact that one of his Cavalier King Charles Spaniels became an Irish Champion and was shown in Crufts. Christopher’s children are now mature and successful adults. His son James, who played for Naomh Olaf GAA club for a number of years is now married and lives in Naas with his wife and two children. His daughter Ruth is married to Aengus Hughes. They live in Sandyford Downs with their six month old son Harry. Pat is married and he and his wife and son Caleb live in Belfast. Christopher Jnr.who also played for Naomh Olaf GAA Club, is engaged to be married in May ’09, while Rebecca is a district nurse now living in Kiltipper. There was a large representative attendance at Christopher’s funeral Mass in the Church of the Ascension of the Lord Balally. His remains were taken to Mount Jerome where a cremation ceremony was held. Later his ashes were buried in the cremation plot in Kilmashogue. May his gentle soul rest in peace. To his wife Bernadette, family and friends, we extend our sincere sympathy.