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It is with great sadness that Rathdrum Rifle and Pistol Club wishes to announce the passing of David Cullen. Founding member and Chairman of the club since 1964, Dave was instrumental in building the range in Rathdrum, from organsiing the finance through to helping with the building work and seeing it through to completion. To say he was tireless in his efforts for the club is a gross understatement, because in every respect Dave was synonymous with the club and everything it stands for.

As well as his role with the club, Dave served with the National Association for many years and dedicated his time to developing the sport wherever he went. A very talented competitor, he won national titles and took part in competitions all over the world and never lost his love for the sport; continuing to attend shoots in Rathdrum and around the country until ill health eventually forced him to hang up his jacket.

A man with a great sense of fun and an excellent coach and mentor, Dave spent an inordinate amount of his time helping others to progress in the sport. His door was always open for advice and encouragement no matter the time of day or night. There isn't a person involved in the sport in Ireland who didn't know Dave or his reputation. His pithy sayings and dry sense of humour endeared him to all.

As well as his dedication to the shooting sports, Dave also managed to find time to volunteer his services to Rathdrum Fire Brigade. For over thirty years Dave gave up his time readily to the fire brigade, attending fires and road traffic accidents on behalf of the people of Rathdrum. For his services to the community, Dave received the Fire Brigade long service medal in April 1993.

Dave is mourned by his wife Eileen, sons Seamus and Pat and daughter Anne-Marie as well as his grandsons, grand-daughters and great grandson who were the great joy of his life.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Resting at his home from 11am on Sunday (16th August). Removal on Monday at 10.15am to S.s. Mary & Michael's Church, Rathdrum, arriving for Funeral Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in Rathdrum Cemetery.