As Chair of the Irish Red Cross, I am very saddened to have to announce the death of our esteemed colleague and fellow Board member, Sheila Callan (nee Ahern, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork), after a short illness. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.
All who knew and worked with her will recall a diligent and loyal member for whom the National Society came first. Sheila joined the Irish Red Cross Drumcondra Branch in the sixties and has remained a dedicated member of that Branch since.
Her husband Joe, whom she married in 1984, is also an IRC member, a retired Officer of the Irish Defence Forces and the H.P.R.A. On behalf of the Board and the National Society I wish to offer our sincere condolences and sympathies to him and to her large network of friends and acquaintances.
The highest accolade is not just to recognise the longevity of her six decades of active membership, but her loyal service. Sheila has served the Society at every single level from local Branch to National Officer on the Board of Directors. She has been a colleague and mentor to many members nationwide and her legacy includes many serving in a variety of leadership roles across the Irish Red Cross today. During the 1980’s, Sheila was the Area Director of Units in Dublin Borough for almost 10 years and leading a winning Irish Red Cross President’s Trophy Team was just one of her very many significant accomplishments. Sheila has not alone served the National Society at home but also the international movement when she served as an Overseas Delegate on missions in Serbia, India and Sri Lanka.
It is an understatement to suggest she will be greatly missed, by individual members and collectively by the National Society, she is currently the Chairperson of the IRC Dublin Borough Area Committee and IRC National Treasurer. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís
In deep appreciation and sadness,
Image by, Jonathan Tyner.