Catherine “Kate” O’Callaghan

Funeral Arrangements:

Sandy Waterton writes:

The funeral is Tuesday 11th September, 2.45pm at Amersham Crematorium, Whielden Lane, Amersham HP7 0ND.
Speaking with Kate’s son Mark this morning, following the funeral, friends will be welcome at The Black Cat Pub, in Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham,HP5 3LF.

As mentioned before, the request is no flowers please – but donations, in Kate’s memory, to The Irish Red Setter Rescue Charitable Trust, via the undertakers Church View Funeral Services, either at the service or 161 Broad Street, Chesham, HP5 3EF.  Or, direct to the Trust Treasurer Mike Brady,  Field House, Newton-On-The-Moor, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 9JY

Mark has asked me to collate info/numbers of those attending, to make sure the appropriate chapel is booked.  So please let me know – either by FB message or email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I’m sure we will give our friend a wonderful send-off xx


– from Brian Ross (President Irish Setter Breeders Club)

Kate 2007

As many of her friends will know, Kate O’Callaghan has experienced a number of health problems recently, involving stays in 3 different hospitals, including surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, before returning to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury.

Sadly, her health took a downward spiral and she passed away on the morning of Monday 27 August, in the presence of son Mark, and members of her family… to whom we send our sincere condolences for the loss of our treasured friend.

 Below are the words offered in our ISBC Yearbook 2007, when Kate stood down from her role with the club – RIP Kate x

“This photo is offered as a tribute to our retiring Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Kate O’Callaghan; our Chairman, Brian Ross, charts Kate’s service to the ISBC committee in his report for 2007.  However, suffice to say, Kate is held in great affection by our members - not to mention a modicum of trepidation at membership renewal time if we’re late with our subs!  

We wish you a truly happy and healthy “retirement” Kate – although, somehow, I don’t think you quite understand the concept yet and we’ll still be seeing you lending a hand here and there. 

With warmest wishes from all your friends and colleagues”

“This edition of our Year Book will, as usual, be circulated to members in the early months of 2008 and by then all will be aware that Kate O’Callaghan, our Honorary Treasurer and Membership Secretary, will be retiring from the Committee at the 2008 AGM.  With 32 years unbroken service I am certain that, in terms of Committee membership, Kate is second only to Miss Sybil Lennox. 

 Kate first joined the Committee in 1976, at which time I had been on the Committee for two years and was therefore one of those delighted to welcome and work with her until work commitments made it necessary for me to resign in 1979.  From the outset, Kate was ready to take on any task and very quickly became Cup and Diploma Secretary - a job she carried out until she succeeded Jennie Lee (known to everyone these days as Jennie Reed, our legal adviser) as Honorary Treasurer in 1981.  At this time the role of Membership Secretary was a separate function until Kate volunteered to add it to her existing role in 1983.  It is important to remember that at this time, with the rapidly growing popularity of the breed, our membership was also increasing very fast bringing with it a substantial increase in workload for Kate.  Typically, not satisfied with this, Kate added to her multi-tasking by taking on and significantly developing the Club’s sales activities.  It will come as no surprise that the Committee has decided to split the three roles after Kate’s departure in order to encourage others to volunteer for them!!

 How does one summarise the vast contribution Kate has made to the ISBC over a complete generation?  One can only admire and celebrate her dedication and commitment to our breed and Club.  She joined the Committee when Chris Tonkyn was Chairman and has seen six chairmen before me come and go in the intervening years.  By a happy coincidence, I was present when she joined the Committee and am delighted to be in the Chair at this time to have the honour of thanking her for her total dedication to serving the Club.  I am sure members will enjoy memories evoked by the photo montage tribute assembled by Sandy Waterton appearing in this issue.

 Of course, being Kate, she has not totally retired as she will be taking on the role of Treasurer of the ISBC Rescue Sub-Committee.”

 Kate never forgot her friends… and, right up until she went into hospital I, and I’m sure many others, enjoyed a weekly chat on the phone with her – what a wonderful lady.

Brian Ross (Hon President ISBC)


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