Irish cycling loses a legend with passing of Rás winner Seamus Kennedy

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

In his pomp: Seamus Kennedy takes the 1978 Rás, may he rest in peace

In his pomp: Seamus Kennedy takes the 1978 Rás, may he rest in peace


It is with deep regret that we bring to you the news of the passing of one cycling’s favourite sons, former Rás winner Seamus Kennedy.

A Navan Road Club stalwart for many years, Seamus was known to anybody who raced a bike in Ireland in the modern era. He passed away peacefully this afternoon at the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin after battling illness with great dignity.

Seamus, or Kenno as he was known to his countless friends in the sport, will perhaps be best remembered for his win in the Rás in 1978.

But to think of him in those terms alone would be to miss the essence of the man.

He was a born competitor and won many big races well into his 40s, having been a former road race national champion when still at the height of his powers.

He continued to ride in open races and later in IVCA events as he got a bit older and the competitive flame inside him never dimmed.

He won the Rás while riding for Kerry, his dad’s county. He was persuaded to join the men from the Kingdom for the 1978 edition by his good friend Gene Mangan.

We’ll bring you more on the great man in coming days when we speak to some of those who knew him best.

We understand Seamus’s removal mass will be on Wednesday from his home in Kilcloon, Co Meath, followed by burial on Thursday.

However, those details are not absolutely confirmed yet and we will bring you the definite funeral arrangements when we get them.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Seamus’s family, especially his sons and daughters, and to his many friends in the cycling community across the country.