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Tributes paid to union stalwart Eugene O'Callaghan

Tributes have been paid to union official Eugene O'Callaghan who passed away on Monday.

TRIBUTES have been paid to union stalwart Eugene O'Callaghan, who was buried yesterday.

The father-of-10 was a union member for more than six decades and served as an official with the Transport and General Workers' Union for over 16 years.

Originally from the Cavehill Road area of north Belfast, Mr O'Callaghan represented bus drivers and transport workers during the darkest days of the Troubles, when they would often be a target during street disturbances.

After his retirement he moved with his wife Patsy to Camlough and Crossmaglen in south Armagh, where he was laid to rest yesterday following Requiem Mass at Church of the Sacred Heart in Lislea.

Jackie Pollock, regional secretary of Unite the Union, said they were "greatly honoured" to have Mr O'Callaghan represent them prior to his retirement.

"He served with warmth, humour, efficiency and wisdom. He will be greatly missed," he said.

Mr O'Callaghan, who died on Monday, is survived by his wife Patsy and children Pat, Patricia, Eugene, Margaret, Damian, Eileen, Anne, Joseph, Sarah and Ciaran, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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