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b2ap3_thumbnail_kelleher.pngHere at The Collage Company we are so lucky in that our work is constantly interesting and different - one collage of a wonderful wedding day to remember, another time an incredible holiday of a life time, an amazing sporting achievement or a celebration of someone’s two collages are the same, but all evocative and personal to their owners. However, once in a while, along comes something that really is fascinating and one feels privileged to have been able to share in the family’s memories.

b2ap3_thumbnail_kelleher2.pngSo it was when several large boxes and a heap of tattered old photo albums made their way to Collage Co’s HQ here in Hampshire! Closer inspection revealed an amazing hoard of memorabilia, cuttings, cups and medals all relating to one astonishing man.

Born in Ireland in 1918 but raised in England from early childhood, he studied medecine and practised in both Ireland and England.

 A supremely talented amateur footballer (and indeed blessed with a great eye for any moving ball), he first joined  his Club, Barnet FC as a 17 year old schoolboy. During his outstanding career with the Club he was instrumental in assisting them in the amazing feat of winning the Amateur Cup Final in 1946. His talent led to inclusion in the Irish National team and the pinnacle of his football career was reached when he represented Great Britain in the 1948 Olympic Games in London, winning a bronze medal.

Joining the Royal Navy at the outbreak of war, he was taken prisoner by the Germans at the fall of Torbruk in June 1942 and after incarceration in a prisoner of war camp for 18 months, he made a thrilling escape, achieving the incredible feat of reaching the UK shore in just 22 days, billed as the “greatest escape story of the war!”. He was awarded the MBE for outstanding bravery.

On his return to the UK, he immediately received a letter from his old Club, Barnet FC, asking him to play on the first Saturday after his return, which he duly did, scoring two goals which won the match!

b2ap3_thumbnail_kelleher3.pngWe were thrilled to have been able to create a wonderful collage of photos and articles for the family which will allow this great, though modest, man’s legacy to live on for future generations.



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Emmy Watt set up ‘The Collage Company’ in 2010 after finding a gap in the digital photographic market. Instead of creating photo books, which end up on the shelf along with long-forgotten photo albums, they wanted to find a way of getting all your favourite photos out on show and still produce a quality product. Taking their marketing and design experience they have taken the traditional collage idea into the 21st century...


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