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Passing of Killarney’s King of Rowing

The late Seamus Guiney doing what he loved best – spending time relaxing on the Lakes of Killarney.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

KILLARNEY will pay its respects in the coming days to the late Seamus Guiney, a great sportsman and musician, who passed away this Monday.

One of the town’s best known boatmen and oarsmen, he lived so much of his life on the lakes he loved and he thoroughly enjoyed every minute he spent close to the crown jewels of Killarney tourism.

A keen angler since his youth, he was renowned as a great man to land a salmon with the traditional whaler his boat of choice for many years.

When he wasn’t trying to outsmart fish, Seamus was back in the water perfecting the sport of rowing and he was the main driving force behind many great successes enjoyed by local crews, particularly with the Workmen and Muckross clubs, for several decades.

The high esteem in which he was held was in evidence when Muckross Rowing Club honoured him with the position of president and it was only a few short years ago that he retired as head cox after 25 years of unbroken service.

Seamus lived for the annual Killarney Regatta

As a knowledgeable cox, he had no equal as he proved in the annual regatta and further afield and, in so many ways, Seamus Guiney was the uncrowned King of Rowing in Killarney.He was a familiar sight as he cycled from his home to Ross Castle each day, with his oil skins across the handlebars and his waders behind him.

Seamus was also a gifted musician, a fine guitarist and a master trumpet player, taking to the stage with several local acts during the magical showband era and using his talents to illuminate many live performances. He was also a very proud and respected member of the Killarney Brass and Reed Band for many years.

He spent his working life in the former Hilliard’s Factory-Tuf Shoes off High Street where he established a wide circle of friends who enjoyed his easy company and gentle ways.

Seamus, who lived at Marian Terrace in Killarney, passed away at Killarney Community Hospital on Monday. He was predeceased by his mother, Margaret, and he is survived by his kind neighbours, fishing friends, rowing colleagues and many other great pals.

In accordance with Government and HSE guidelines and in the interest of public health, a private funeral will take place for Seamus in St Mary’s Cathedral.

His Requiem Mass will be live streamed on killarneyparish.com on Wednesday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

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