Shamie Griffin Obituary, Death –The members of the Lixnaw Coursing Club are inconsolable after learning this evening of the untimely passing of one of our most cherished, esteemed, and real doggie men and members, Shamie Griffin. He will be greatly missed. Shamie was jokingly referred to as “the small lad,” but he had a great personality and was well-known throughout Ireland. Shamie was well-known throughout the length and breadth of Ireland.
He was the owner of a fantastic line of greyhounds that began with Hammond Bess and continued on with her daughter Village Bess, who was a semi-finalist in the Oaks and won several cups. Everyone there will never forget the historic North Kerry Cup final against Needham Ash. Shamie is the breeder of Dashing Oak, who won the Waterloo Cup in 1996, and she is also the breeder, along with Tadie Buckley, of Brothers Best, who won the Waterloo Cup in 1999. In addition, Shamie owned Village Legacy, a horse that competed in the Derby and came up short in the semi-finals, but the following year,
After having a wonderful season overall, he made it to the semi-finals of the champions stakes. Shamie had a way of connecting with people of all ages, and he will be missed beyond description. We would like to express our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to his wife Eileen, daughters Michelle and Helen, sons Anthony and Malcolm, and the rest of his family. Shamie, may you finally rest in peace knowing that there is a pint waiting for you in heaven along with a long line of old friends who are eager to see you again. Funeral arrangements later.