Search called off for Irish dad Seamus Lawless who fell while descending Mount Everest
Seamus Lawless was fulfilling a life-long dream of reaching the summit of Mount Everest , which stands at 8,848 metres, before he reached his 40th birthday in July this year. The assistant professor in artificial intelligence at Trinity’s School of Computer Science and Statistics, had successfully reached the summit on Thursday along with several others in his group of eight led by world-renowned Co Down adventurer Noel Hanna - just hours before his fall.
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.
Search now a recovery operation for missing Trinity College professor on Mount Everest
The search for the missing Irish climber on Mount Everest has now been classified as a recovery operation. Father-of-one Seamus Lawless (39), from Bray, Co Wicklow, fell at an altitude of 8,300 metres while descending from the world’s highest peak.
"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."
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.
Fundraising page to help find Trinity College professor missing on Mount Everest reaches €180,000
Séamus Lawless went missing after reaching the summit of the mountain.
“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.
“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.
Search resumes for Trinity College professor Seamus Lawless who is missing on Mount Everest
The team is being led by Irish mountaineer Noel Hanna . Hanna will lead the team to Base Camp IV of the world's highest peak this evening. A search of the mountain's death zone will begin on Thursday morning, reports the Himalayan Times. The team consists of eight high-altitude Sherpa climbers, including lead guide Temba Bhote. Hanna and Bhote reached the summit of Everest with Lawless last Thursday. The Bray man is reported to have slipped while descending from the summit point later that day. A GoFundMe page set up to help pay for the costs of the search has already raised over €250,000.
“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
'Love doesn't die because life is extinguished' - priest's comfort to family at memorial of Mount Everest climber Seamus Lawless.
'Love doesn't die because life is extinguished' - priest's comfort to family at memorial of Mount Everest climber Seamus Lawless which took place in The Holy Redeemer Church in Bray this morning. The Trinity lecturer was remembered as a proud Irish man who loved to live life to the full, with gifts being brought to the alter 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.