The death of a popular Co Tyrone GAA player and school teacher has been met with shock and sadness locally.
Christopher Colhoun (33) from Pomeroy, was vice-principal at St Patrick’s Primary School in Donaghmore.
The father-of-two had been living in the Clonoe area, where he reportedly suffered a sudden illness over the weekend and passed away in hospital on Monday morning.
One of the few surviving members of Pomeroy’s 2004 Ulster Intermediate Championship winning side, Christopher Colhoun returned to the senior team for the 2016 Tyrone Intermediate Final following the birth of a child.
He kicked a crucial goal to help secure the Tyrone title and repeated the task in the Ulster Intermediate Final seven weeks later.
In a statement, the Pomeroy Plunketts said club members were “heartbroken” by the news:
“We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of senior player Christopher “Crico’ Colhoun who passed away this morning after a short illness at the young age of 33 years.
“For all that knew our Crico he was simply a lovely fella, a gentleman who always carried a smile on his face. A naturally gifted forward, he was capable of turning on a six pence and driving the ball over from distance with either foot. He was blessed with phenomenal pace and was a massive influence during the county, Ulster and all-Ireland championship run in 2004/05 when his talent caught the eye of Mickey Harte and he was rewarded with a county call up the following season.
“Indeed Crico was still training well and committed to the Plunkett’s cause for the 2018 campaign, which makes the news of his passing even harder to comprehend. He excelled in everything he took on.
“A gifted teacher, he had recently taken up the vice-principal position at Donaghmore Primary School, an amazing achievement for his age. In the martial arts discipline of jujitsu he also excelled.
“His untimely passing is a shocking, devastating blow to our club. To Lisa and his two young children, Beth and Grace, to the Colhoun and McAliskey families we convey our heartfelt condolences. To Donaghmore Primary School pupils, teaching staff and parents and to our wider GAA family in Clonoe O’Rahillys we extend our sympathy.
“And to Crico himself, a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a teacher, a teammate and a legend – rest in peace. We love you and we’ll never forget you. God bless.”
Condolences have also been expressed by the Clonoe O’Rahilly’s club: “The club is shocked and saddened this morning to learn of the passing of Christopher Colhoun RIP.
“Chris, originally from Pomeroy, was married into the McAliskey family and lived in Clonoe. Our condolences and prayers are extended to the Colhoun and McAliskey families at this sad time.”