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Details of memorial service for Bray man missing on Mount Everest announced as search for body called off

Dublin Live logo Dublin Live 24/05/2019 Ailbhe Daly & Mark O'Brien
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Details of a memorial service for a Bray man who went missing on Mount Everest have been announced after the search to recover his body was called off.

Seamus Lawless had been missing on the world’s highest mountain since last week and has not been located despite the best efforts of search teams.

Seamus, 39, who was a computer science lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, has left behind his wife, Pam and young daughter, Emma.

The service will be held at the Holy Redeemer Church in Bray on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m

A post on RIP.ie reads: "Séamus (Shay) Lawless, aged 39, died following a freak accident having summited Mount Everest on the 16th May 2019.

"He will be sadly missed by his loving wife and best friend Pam, his special little girl Emma, adoring parents Betty and Jimmy, brother and sisters Ciarán, Deirdre, Sheila, Fidelma, Jemma and Eilis, large extended family and wide circle of friends."

a person standing on a snow board: Seamus Lawless after reaching the peak of Denali © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Seamus Lawless after reaching the peak of Denali

In a heartbreaking statement, Trinity College revealed that the search had been stopped in order to not endanger anybody else’s life in the treacherous conditions on the mountain.

They said: “It is with deep sadness that we have learnt this evening that the search for our friend and colleague, Séamus (Shay) Lawless, has been unsuccessful.  

“While the experienced search team has made every effort to locate Shay, the extremes of operating at high altitude and the sheer range of the search area ultimately proved too difficult and based on expert advice the Lawless family have decided to call off the search rather than risk endangering anyone’s life in the treacherous conditions. 

“The tragic death of our friend and colleague, Séamus (Shay) Lawless, has come as a huge shock to all of us.  

“On behalf of everyone at Trinity College Dublin and the research centre, ADAPT, we want to offer our condolences to his wife, Pam, and their daughter, Emma, and to his large family, all his friends, students and colleagues.

a man wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Seamus Lawless © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Seamus Lawless

“We are mourning the loss of one our rising research stars, an inspirational colleague, and a much loved and valued member of our College community. 

“Shay’s legacy is enormous.  An expert in Information Retrieval, his peer-reviewed publications, his supervision of cutting-edge doctoral research, and his leadership of internationally acclaimed research projects have transformed the boundaries of the discipline.  As a colleague and as a friend, Shay’s enthusiasm, his creativity and his approach to his work was inspirational. 

“In the months ahead we will gather to pay tribute to his remarkable scholarship and his contribution to ADAPT and Trinity College Dublin and it will be an opportunity for friends and colleagues to remember someone who will never be forgotten.  We are heartbroken at this news.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”

The family have requested that donations in memory of Shay be made to Barretstown Children’s Charity at https://www.barretstown.org/support/donate/ 

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