Caoilte O’Broin, RIP, 2nd January 2016
OCD Ireland wishes to offer its deepest sympathies to the family, extended family and friends of Caoilte O Broin. We are so sorry for your loss. Caoilte had been a volunteer with OCD Ireland since September 2012. He was our social media coordinator and was responsible for the day to day communication between the public via both face book and email. He was the front line of contact to any sufferer or carer who was in need of information and support. He was excellent at this job and made a difference to the lives of sufferers on a daily basis. We feel very fortunate to have known him.
May he rest in Peace.
-Brian Davis, CEO on behalf of OCD Ireland
I still remember the first time I met Caoilte and being so struck by his passion and knowledge of psychology as well as what a lovely young man he was. He made it easy to add him to the growing number of volunteers OCD Ireland had at the time. I am grateful I had the opportunity to work with him and to learn from him.
In late 2012, once Caoilte joined the OCD Ireland team he quickly made himself an invaluable member of the group. He continually showed compassion and empathy for the people he came in contact with as the Social Media Coordinator for OCD Ireland as well as contributed to the day to day operations of the organisation. In addition to developing and defining the newly created role of Social Media Coordinator, Caoilte provided assistance with the RTE documentary, OCD and Me (it aired in early February 2015), as well as with the development and execution of the first international OCD Week in October 2013.
The loss of Caoilte is one that strikes me both professionally and personally. I know the world of psychology has lost someone who regularly made such a positive impact both with online communities, such as the Assistant Psychologist group, and with the groups OCD Ireland supported. He is someone who had the makings to be a professional who would have made an even bigger difference than he already had.
On a personal level, I am so sad at this loss because Caoilte was a true gentleman. He had the ability to find humour and to make me laugh no matter how difficult the c circumstances were. His sensitivity and compassion were always present and no request was ever too big for him.
Rest in peace, Caoilte.
-Leslie Shoemaker, Co-Founder of OCD Ireland, former Clinical Director