Captain Courage: A teen in a million

    Fellow authors, Conor McCarthy, left, and the late Colm Dunne

    By Jimmy Rhatigan

    A YOUNG man of courage will be remembered forever and a day at the school he loved so well.

    Colm Dunne was a Transition Year student at Kilkenny CBS Secondary School, James’s Street.

    He was a caption of courage, an inspiration to classmates and the greater school community, a talented and witty teen with a love for life and a passion for Gaelic Games and music.

    He passed away in the company of his loving family at Garryduff, Paulstown, the end of an all too short era.

    The huge turnout at his funeral of CBS boys and many other friends, relatives and admirers told its own story.

    He won many hearts and minds as he showed wonderful grit and determination and a talented and entrepreneurial spirit when with fellow student, Conor McCarthy, he launched a book called Kat Food, a publication full of recipes from hurling and camogie stars past and present.

    His determination and enthusiasm were immeasurable.

    He had real respect for his parents, Tony and Eileen, his brother Peter and extended family, including his beloved grandmothers Nellie and Maude, uncles, aunts and cousins.

    His wonderful relationship with teachers, staff and students at Kilkenny CBS was a two-way street. He made friends easily.

    Colm’s hugely attended funeral was a celebration of a young man who had packed so much into so few years.

    His remains were removed to the Church of the Assumption, Paulstown and burial was at the Holy Family Cemetery, Paulstown.

    The story of his happy life is both emotional and fascinating.

    He was the pride and joy of his family, his school and his community.

    The latter is the kind of legacy that most of us would be happy to have on our tombstones.

    Sixteen year old Colm truly was a teen in a million.