The Garda Boat Club has paid tribute to a long time resident of Clane, Garda Sean Kavanagh who passed away on December 31, 2013 at Naas Hospital after a short illness.
A native of Causeway, Co. Kerry, Sean Kavanagh joined An Garda Síochána in 1963 and was initially posted to Kilmainham Station. It wasn’t long until he ventured across the river to the Garda Boat Club, where he began a life-long association with the Club.
In 1964 he was part of the Garda Maiden VIII team who won the Irish Maiden Championship and in 1965 was an integral part of the Garda Junior VIII, who won the Irish Junior Championship and the Club’s first Irish Senior VIII Championship title.
However on August 2, 1965 Sean was seriously injured in a car accident while travelling to the Carrick-on-Shannon Regatta.
Sean’s indomitable spirit shone through and he returned to work a short time later. From his wheelchair, he immersed himself in the administration side of the Club and it is no coincidence that the Club enjoyed great success in 1973 and 1975 under his stewardship as Captain. During that time they won the Thames Challenge Cup at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta.
Sean’s funeral Mass took place at Mount Argus and was celebrated by the Garda Chaplin Fr. Joe Kennedy. Members of the Garda Boat Club past and present provided a guard of honour. His coffin, draped in the Garda Boat Club flag, was brought to his native Kerry where he was laid to rest.
Deepest sympathies to his sisters Marie, Kay and Gretta, brothers Pat, Cyril, Michael and Noel, nephews, nieces, grand nephews and nieces.