John McCallion

  • A man who was found dead on the side of the road yesterday evening at Kinaffe, Swinford has been named as John McCallion.

    48-year-old Mr McCallion was a serving Garda and was a brother of Garda Robert McCallion, who died tragically while on duty in Donegal a number of years ago.

    Mr McCallion was understood to have been out cycling when he died suddenly.

    Emergency services attended the scene at about 7pm, and his body was removed to Mayo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    Funeral arrangements for Mr McCallion have been confirmed this afternoon. His remains will repose at Campbell’s Funeral Home, Swinford on Monday from 3-8pm. He will be laid to rest on Tuesday in Kilconduff Cemetery following 12 noon Funeral Mass in the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians Swinford.

  • A minute's silence was observed at the start of the Connacht senior football championship semi-final between Mayo and Roscommon yesterday evening for John McCallion from Swinford who died on Friday, after becoming ill while out cycling.

    A serving member of An Garda Siochana, Mr McCallion - a father of three from Carnacross, Swinford  -was cycling between Swinford and Kiltimagh on Friday evening when he took a bad turn and fell from his bicycle near Kinaffe, suffering serious injuries.

    He was taken to Mayo University Hospital where he passed away on Friday night.

    His remains will repose at Campbell's Funeral Home, Swinford tomorrow from 3-8pm/

    Funeral Mass is at 12 noon on Tuesday in Our Lady Help of Christians Church Swinford, with burial afterwards in Kilconduff Cemetery.

    John McCallion is survived by his wife Collette, two daughters and a son, his parents, sisters and extended family.

    His death comes ten years after his brother, Garda Robert McCallion, died after being hit by a car while on duty in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.