The club is sad to announce the unexpected death of Vinny Culhane on 15 June 2016, at his home in Foynes, County Limerick. He was 38.

[quote_left]John Gilligan writes:[/quote_left]

Vinny, for those of you who didn’t know him, played for the Wild Geese – he suffered a bad spinal injury in 2002 and spent several months in Stoke Mandeville. After a long struggle he regained limited use of his legs (his spine was crushed rather than severed). He married and returned to Limerick a few years after his injury. What is amazing is Vinny rebuilt his life – yes he regularly had serious health issues due to his injury, and in the cold weather caused him issues with his balance however Vinny was a uniquely determined man so none of this got in his way – over the years he played wheelchair rugby, he resumed scuba diving, he canoed, took up disabled rowing and rowed for Ireland, he coached his local GAA club, and for me most impressively he and his wife Amanda fostered kids – lots of them, helping them recover from truly traumatic situations.

The club offers its sincere condolences to his wife Amanda, his daughter, Summer, and all his family for this sad, sad loss.

Vinny was an inspirational man, positive and hugely determined in the face of extreme adversity. May he rest in peace.

[blockquote]A requiem mass will take place at Foynes church, County Cork, on Sunday June 19 at 1 pm and a cremation at I pm on Monday June 20 at the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy, County Cork.
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[quote_left]Terry Long writes:[/quote_left]

Vinny was a member of the Wild Geese team when he suffered a bad spinal injury in 2002, aged 24, and spent several months in Stoke Mandeville hospital. After a long struggle he regained limited use of his legs. He married and returned to Limerick and rebuilt his life. Among other things he played wheelchair rugby, canoeing, resumed scuba diving, and represented Ireland in adaptive rowing. Vinny was a brave man who did not let adversity get to him.

He will be sadly missed by his loving family and friends and fondly remembered by his many friends in London Irish.

May he rest in peace.