Football and community stalwart laid to rest

Longford GAA stalwart Seamus Greene of ‘Chez Mai’, Athlone Road, Longford passed away on March 3, 2013.

Longford GAA stalwart Seamus Greene of ‘Chez Mai’, Athlone Road, Longford passed away on March 3, 2013.

One of the founder members of Longford Slashers GFC - which was established in 1954 - Seamus also played at centre half back for the side and claimed championship victory on no less than three occasions with the club, in 1954, 1957 and 1958. Indeed, it was with fond memories that his friend and fellow clubman Noel Caslin remembered that great day in 1954 when Slashers claimed its first ever senior championship title. “Back then transport wasn’t great and due to some kind of a difficulty didn’t Seamus end up missing the first half of the game,” recalled Mr Caslin. “He made it in time for the second half. He came on, and he had an outstanding game in the end. Seamus was a very nice fellow – he was a big strong man in apperance - but so gentle in his ways, and when he played football, he never got pushed around.”

The late Seamus Greene also played for the county and was part of its make-up for the best part of five years. Born and reared in Newtowncashel, he played football with his native club for a short time. An uncle of the famous Kenny brothers who played for the local side, it was a job with Longford County Council that would eventually determine Seamus’ football loyalties. In the early 1950s he was offered a job as a Clerical Officer with the local authority and subsequently worked his way up to Staff Officer. He also met and married Mai Crossan – a native of Mohill – and together they had four children. He was also an honorary life member of Longford County Board, and Leinster Council delegate alongside Jimmy O’Brien from Lanesboro.

Seamus Greene was always extremely committed to his role within his community.

He attended Mass regulary and was also a founder member of the Parish Cathedral Circle. He was also very involved in Co Longford Social Services and worked with the Meals on Wheels Service. Seamus was also the Tote Manager at Longford Greyhound Track for many years.

In leading the tributes to Seamus Greene on his passing, Longford GAA said that it was deeply sadened to learn of his death.

“Longford GAA was deeply sadened to learn of the death of Seamus Greene,” a statement read. “Seamus was of course a former player with Longford; he also served as Leinster council delegate for Longford and was an honorary life member of Longford GAA. He was also a trustee of Longford County Board. We would like to extend our sympathy to his wife Mai and family at what is indeed a very sad time for them.”

Lenister Council Chairman, Martin Skelly also paid tribute to the late Seamus Greene this week. “Seamus gave 25 years of sterling service to Lenister GAA and left a long-lasting mark that will never be forgotten,” he added.

Predeceased by his son TJ, the late Seamus Greene will be dearly missed by his loving wife Mai; daughters, Marie (Reynolds) and Róisín (Nevin-Greene); son Seamus Óg; sister Celine, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

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