It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Colm O’Shea, former chair of the Leinster Competitions Committee, and valued member of the Junior and Rugby Committees and of Lansdowne FC for many years.

Colm will be sadly missed by his wife Deirdre, children Paul, Mark and Ellen, all his family and friends and of course by all in the Newbridge College, Lansdowne and Leinster Rugby community.

In his role as chair of the Leinster Competitions Committee, Colm was fair-minded and maintaining the integrity of every single competition was central to his core beliefs. Under his baton the meetings were always enjoyable and he was the best company away from the Committee table.

John Walsh, President of Leinster Rugby remembered his time working alongside Colm fondly and said, “on behalf of Leinster Rugby and indeed Colm’s many friends and colleagues serving on our Committees I wish to pay tribute to him for all his service to Leinster Rugby.

“We very much appreciate the time and commitment he gave in serving as Chair of the Competitions Committee. In his role Colm established a deserved reputation for fairness, integrity and bringing clarity to all involved in the process.

“Having served alongside Colm on the Competitions Committee I am very aware that Leinster Rugby were the beneficiary of his many talents as Chair and the ability Colm had to guide us Committee Members in making the right decisions for the benefit of rugby and players. Furthermore it was fun to work with him and the bottom line is that rugby has to be fun.

“He will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with his wife Deirdre and all the family.”

There is a lovely tribute to Colm on the Landsdowne FC website entitled ‘Colm & The Landsdowne Legends’ and you can view that piece HERE.

Colm will be reposing at Thomas Murphy and Sons Funeral Home, Boghall Road, Bray today from 5pm to 6pm. Please note that social distancing, face coverings and hand sanitizing is to be observed.

A private Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday morning in St. Anne’s Church, Shankill at 10 o’clock which can be viewed live on the church webcam which can be viewed HERE.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Colm’s family at this difficult time.

May he rest in peace.