Plenty of fond memories were instantly recalled over the weekend, as news circulated down the country of the passing of a popular former Wexford publican. Seamus McMenamin was the former proprietor of The Bohemian Girl, a much loved Wexford watering hole that was situated on the corner of Monck Street.
Having arrived in Wexford from his native Stranorlar, Co Donegal, along with his beloved wife Kay, Seamus was taken into the hearts of the Wexford people and both he and his establishment were extremely highly thought of.
Nights in 'The Boh' have become the stuff of legend in Wexford, particularly around the time of the Opera Festival and front and centre in all of the stories of that period was Seamus; a real colourful character who could always be seen regaling customers with one tale or another.
Seamus sadly passed away on Friday at St Vincent's Hospital following a short illness. He was a loving husband to Kay, a beloved father and father-in-law to Carol and Terry, Orla and Noel, Fiona and Don and Cora and Philip. He had a great love for his grandchildren Ciara, Katy, Tom, Ella, Finn, Peta and Maria and is also sadly missed by his brothers and sisters, extended family and a large circle of friends scattered all over the country.
'The people of Wexford remember Seamus with great fondness,' Mayor George Lawlor said. 'He was the iconic proprietor of The Bohemian Girl which, particularly during festival times, was a thriving business. Seamus took a great interest in all his customers and he had a particular way of dealing with them. He'd always explain exactly where all the food he served had been sourced and how it was cooked!'
'He was a unique Donegal man who blended into the Wexford scene seamlessly. He and his wife Kay were inseparable and were a great couple and my sympathies go out to her and the whole family on their loss.'
Family and friends gathered at Mount Jerome crematorium in Dublin yesterday (Monday) for a celebration of Seamus' life. As testament to his character, it was at his request that everyone in attendance was asked to dispose of the traditional black and wear colourful clothing. It was a fitting tribute to a colourful character.
For the people of Wexford, a book of condolences was opened at Mackens Funeral Directors up to yesterday afternoon and no doubt quite a few people who would've taken a seat at the bar of The Bohemian Girl arrived in to pay their respects.