Thursday 22 August 2019

Memorial for climber who died on Everest

Guard of honour: People wore Barretstown hoodies during a memorial service celebrating the life of Seamus Lawless. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Guard of honour: People wore Barretstown hoodies during a memorial service celebrating the life of Seamus Lawless. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Hundreds turned out to pay their respects at the memorial service for Everest climber Seamus Lawless in the Holy Redeemer Church in Bray yesterday morning.

The Trinity lecturer was remembered as a proud Irishman who loved to live life to the full, with gifts being brought to the altar by his daughter Emma and nieces and nephews in his memory to represent his sense of adventure and the many happy memories he had shared with family and friends.

These included a photograph of the sunrise taken on the day the climber achieved his life goal of reaching the top of Everest, an Everton jersey, and a treasure box brought to the altar by Emma filled with photos of happy memories with her father. A Tara brooch, a Celtic symbol, represented Shay's pride in his country and also the values he held dear - love, loyalty and friendship.

Speaking during the service, Fr Michael O'Kelly said Seamus, known as Shay, had achieved all he had wanted in reaching the summit of Everest. He said now the love between Shay and his wife Pam had to face a new challenge with the untimely passing of the 39-year-old.

"The last text messages between them were to say he had done it, he was coming home," Fr Michael told the packed church. "Home took on a new meaning. The love between Pam and Shay will transcend this new summit."

Best friend Robert Watters thanked everyone who had helped in the rescue efforts. "Pam, Emma, Baby Lawless - you will never be on your own," he said.

Sadly missed: Mountain climber Seamus Lawless was lost on Everest
Sadly missed: Mountain climber Seamus Lawless was lost on Everest

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