The death has occurred of Major General David Nial Creagh, The O’Morchoe CB, CBE, aged 91 years, at his home, Oulartleigh House, Tara Hill, near Gorey this morning, after a short illness in the arms of his family.
General David was a retired British Army Officer and Past President of the Royal British Legion in the Republic of Ireland.
He was born in Dublin 11th May 1928 and soon after departed Ireland as a babe in arms to India where his father was commanding a regiment of the old British India Army. He returned to Ireland in 1941 as a teenager to St Columba’s College, Dublin where he completed his education in 1946.
He then joined the British Army and attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst from there he was commissioned into the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1979 Honours List and retired with the rank of Major General.
He was the clan chief of the O Murchadha.
In later life he was a prominent figure passionately devoted to representing the Royal British Legion in the Ireland as its president. He dedicated his later life to the care of British ex-Servicemen personnel and their dependents.
During his military career he commanded the Royal Army of Oman, the 3rd Bn, Royal Irish Rangers and the 1st Bn, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Diplomatic and Overseas List in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List “ for services to British ex-Servicemen and women in Ireland.”
The President and Chairman of the Royal British Legion pass their personal condolences and those on behalf of all Legion members to Margaret and the family. Something great has just extinguished.
Beloved husband of Margaret
and loving father of Dermot, Kevin, Maureen and the late Deirdre. Deeply
regretted by his loving wife, daughter, sons, grandchildren, son-in-law,
daughters-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours.
Service of Reception at Kiltennel Parish Church on Sunday (November 24th) at 6 pm. Funeral service on Monday (November 25th) at 12 noon in Christ Church, Gorey followed by Private Cremation. House Strictly Private Please. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.