Widespread shock at death of 34-yr-old vice-principal.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Widespread shock at death of 34-yr-old vice-principal. thumbnail Mr Christopher ‘Crico’ Colhoun.

SHOCK and sadness have been expressed following the death of a popular vice-principal at a Tyrone school.

Mr Christopher Colhoun, vice-principal of St Patrick's Primary School, Donaghmore, passed away on Monday morning following a brief illness.

He was aged just 34.

A gifted teacher, he had recently taken up the vice-principal position at St Patrick's Primary.

Mr Colhoun, of Clonoe, is survived by wife Lisa and two young children, Beth and Grace, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

A popular and highly-respected teacher and vice-principal, Mr Colhoun was also a much thought-of member of Pomeroy Plunketts GAC.

And tributes have been paid to the popular young teacher.

Mrs Dera Cahalane, Principal of St Patrick's Primary School, Donaghmore spoke yesterday, Monday, of the shock at Mr Colhoun's sad passing.

Stated Mrs Cahalane: "The entire school community of Saint Patrick's Primary School, Donaghmore has been shocked and deeply saddened by the untimely loss of our highly esteemed Vice Principal Christopher Colhoun.

Valued colleague "Mr Colhoun, who passed away early on Monday morning following a brief illness, was a greatly valued colleague and much loved teacher.

"Christopher joined the staff of St Patrick's in September 2017 and from his earliest days here it was clear that the interests of the children were at the heart of his work.

"He was well loved by his Year 4 pupils and contributed much to our school team in his short time with us."

Continued the Principal: "He will be greatly missed by fellow staff and pupils, who are being offered professional support as they seek to come to terms with this tragic news.

"The deepest sympathies of everyone at St Patrick's are extended to Christopher's wife Lisa, their two young daughters and the family circle.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this sad time," concluded Mrs Cahalane.

Christopher was also a valued member of Pomeroy Plunketts GAC.

In a statement to the Courier yesterday, a spokesperson for the Club said: "We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of senior player Christopher 'Crico' Colhoun who passed away this morning after a short illness at the young age of 34 years.

"For all that knew our 'Crico', as he was affectionately known, he was simply a lovely fella and a gentleman who always carried a smile on his face.

"A naturally gifted forward, 'Crico' was capable of turning on a six pence and driving the ball over from distance with either foot.

"He was blessed with phenomenal pace and was a massive influence during the County, Ulster and All-Ireland Championship run in 2004/05, when his talent caught the eye of Mickey Harte and he was rewarded with a County call up the following season."

Continued the Club in its statement: "Indeed Crico was still training well and committed to the Plunketts cause for the 2018 campaign, which makes the news of his passing even harder to comprehend.

"He excelled in everything he took on and excelled in the martial arts discipline of jujitsu.

"A gifted teacher, Crico had recently taken up the vice-principal position at Donaghmore Primary School, an amazing achievement for his age.

"His untimely passing is a shocking, devastating blow to our club.

"To Lisa and his two young children, Beth and Grace, to the Colhoun and McAliskey families, we convey our heartfelt condolences.

"To Donaghmore Primary School pupils, teaching staff and parents and to our wider GAA family in Clonoe O'Rahill's, we extend our sympathy.

"And to Crico himself, a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a teacher, a teammate and a legend - rest in peace."


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