The Holycross, County Tipp native has served customers at The Cherrytree for the past three decades having originally been despatched for just a weekend while working with Murtagh Properties, a division of Guinness Ireland at the time (now Diageo Ireland). Seamus saw out that weekend… and quite a few more!
A committed Tipp hurling fan, Seamus is not easily put off and sees his workdays through in a noted Dubs stronghold. Nevertheless, he’s only famous for being himself on a daily basis and as such is fondly regarded there.
Seamus took full part in the 30th anniversary of his ‘start’, arriving into the bar on a ‘High Nelly’ bike with an old battered suitcase tied to the back.
In front of a full House at The Cherrytree, he removed the case from the bike (and the bicycle clips from his ankles, we wonder?), placed case on counter and asked for a “start” as he might have done 30 years previously.
This time The House was on hand to conduct an interview.
A vote was taken afterward and Seamus was publicly endorsed by The Cherrytree’s customers for the ‘start’.
Celebrations moved up a gear in the newly-refurbished premises when the Chairman of local GAA club Robert Emmets called on Seamus to usher in a very special guest, for Sam Maguire was to be left out of the celebrations and a great cheer rose when Seamus and Sam came into the bar arm-in-arm.
Later, The House presented Seamus with a signed jersey from the Tipp Senior Hurlers following which Seamus lost little time in donning it and going for a dance on the counter.
The House formulated a policy in the aftermath………. When you have 30 years served, you can dance where you like….