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While he was working in the CYC, he met Betty Tighe, from Dublin, whom he married on 20th July 1974. He and Betty had one daughter, June, who was born in September 1975. When they first got married, Colm and Betty lived in Kilnamanagh, Dublin, and a few years later they bought a house on Lavarna Road, Terenure, opposite Colm’s parents’ house. Colm was very gifted with his hands and undertook all kinds of DIY jobs for himself, his parents, his family and friends. He was helpful and generous and could always be called upon for advice about house repairs and maintenance. In the late 1970s, Colm went to work in the public relations section of the IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Authority) in Dublin, ending up as Head of Public Relations. He died suddenly on 2nd July 2004 at the age of 58, the day after the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Harney T.D. launched a major PR campaign “Ireland – Knowledge is our Nature” which Colm had spearheaded. In accordance with his own wishes, he was cremated in Mount Jerome Crematorium in Harold’s Cross in Dublin.

Liam DONLON Liam was born in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda on 19th February 1948. He was just over a year old when the family moved to Cavan. He started school in the Infants’ section of the Poor Clare Convent NS in 1952 and when the family moved to Ennis in 1955 he went to the Christian Brothers’ National School there. In 1960 he started secondary school in the Christian Brothers’ School in Synge St. in Dublin as the family was by now living in Terenure, Dublin. He did his Leaving Cert in 1965 and went to University College Dublin where he was awarded a B.Comm. in 1968. He started working in the Irish Pensions Trust later that year and then moved to Cement Roadstone Holdings. He moved to Industrial Credit Corporation in 1972 and in 1980 he joined the Irish Intercontinental Bank in Merrion Square – a commercial / merchant bank which subsequently moved to the Irish Financial Services Centre in the Dublin Docklands. It was taken over by KBC Bank and in 1988 Liam was appointed to the Board of KBC. He was Managing Director and Global Head of Project Finance in KBC Bank. In those years, he travelled a lot to Asia and Australia as well as spending time in the bank’s headquarters in Brussels. He was Chairman of the Federation of International Banks in Ireland from 2009 to 2010. In his spare time, Liam was a keen golfer and wine connoisseur. He was involved in a number of charities including the IFSC Inner City Trust and was a great supporter of Belvedere College’s Social Integration Scheme.

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