Greyhound trainer attacked in Macroom remains seriously ill

Greyhound trainer attacked in Macroom remains seriously ill
Christy O'Callaghan was injured in an assault in Macroom last month. Pic: Brian Lougheed

THE greyhound trainer who was injured in an assault in Macroom remains seriously ill in hospital.

Christy O’Callaghan, 73, who is originally from New Street in the town, remains in Cork University Hospital since the early hours of March 20.

He was assaulted in a van he was sleeping in, parked in a car park in the town. He had been sleeping in the van for a number of years and was well known around the town.

The injured man suffered head and facial injuries, as well as internal injuries included an injured lung.

A man has been charged in connection with the incident.

Mr O’Callaghan had several high-profile winners when training greyhounds. These included when a dog he trained, Standard Images, won the prestigious Irish Laurels in 1995. He was the last Cork trainer to win the Laurels until last year. He had previously trained three other winners of the race, in 1975, 1982, and 1983.

Gardaí at the scene of the assault of Christy O’Callaghan, right, in Sleaveen Car Park, Macroom.	Picture: John Delea
Gardaí at the scene of the assault of Christy O’Callaghan, right, in Sleaveen Car Park, Macroom. Picture: John Delea

In 2005, he was among 30 sports people who received an Evening Echo/Bank of Scotland Cork’s Sporting Living Legends award at a gala event in the Rochestown Park Hotel.

The attack followed two murders in the Macroom area last October.

Popular local man Derry Coakley was killed outside the town while working with a tractor. He was shot. The 58-year-old was a father of a grown-up daughter and had been living with his widowed mother on Castle Street in the town.

He was a well known machinery contractor. A man has been charged with his murder.

The shooting occurred just over two weeks after another murder in Macroom on October 8. Timmy Foley was stabbed to death in an incident at Dan Corkery Place.

A woman has been charged with his murder.

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