The Author of the book “Dead Interesting “sadly passed out of this life on the 20th March this year.
I did not know Shane personally but I have read his two books .I have also completed a couple of tours of Galasnevin but never caught Shane’s tour , he was a guide and the historian of Glasnevin Graveyards along with being a father and a true republican. All the guides have a love of history and place.
My mum knew his dad Eamonn as she grew up in Inchicore where Eamonn once lived. My uncle Frarncis Clinton went to school with Eamonn. Years ago my uncle came to our house in Beaumont with my aunt and my cousins and another friend. Willie Barnes they went to catch up with the bold Eamonn . Who was now living in Glasnevin .. Hours later they had not returned and my aunt was frantic with worry ,(It was before mobile phones) After midnight they strolled back into our house and my uncle quipped that they had lost all track of time and that Eamonn had now enough stories to write another book.”Time was made so that everything would not happen together” Albert Einstein .
Shane was in the middle of writing his third book but he decided that his time had come and ours is not to reason why.
Now all we can do is to make that sure we walk in Shane’s footsteps by visiting Glasnevin . Read his wonderful books and listen for his whispers in the wind so that he and his dad and all who rest here may live forever in our hearts and his whispers do not go unheard .
May his god go with him and may he R.I.P.
In August of this year the steps in the Daniel O Connell tower will have been restored again this was his last big undertaking , after they were blown up by loyalists in the time of the troubles. Another great reason to visit. Also there is a beautiful walk that links The Botanic gardens and Glasnevin Museum .