Shane Hall

It is with great sadness that I relay the news that Shane Hall passed away yesterday, unexpectedly. Shane had been a member of Rathmines chess club for at least 20 years, most recently as a member of the Rathmines B team in the BEA. Although not a strong player, Shane’s enthusiasm, friendliness, love of chess and good nature was always apparent. I never heard him once complain of ill health or make any fuss about his sight loss. He always accepted his defeats with good grace and delighted in his victories. He chose an attacking style of chess that maximised fun and creativity. He will be sadly missed.

Funeral Arrangements

The death has occurred of Shane HALL of Dublin

Unexpectedly, at his home. Shane, beloved son of Col (retd) John and Mary, loving brother of Mary, Karen, Adam and Jean; very sadly missed by his mum, dad, sisters, brother and their partners, his nieces Ciara, Laoise and Zoe, nephews Patrick and Oisín and both the Hall and Barclay family and friends.

Reposing in Quinns of Glasthule on Monday, March 19, from 3pm to 5pm. Removal on Tuesday, March 20, to St. Joseph’s Church Glasthule, arriving at 9.50am for 10am Funeral Mass, followed by burial in Glasnevin Cemetery. House private. No flowers, please. Donations, if desired, to the National Council for the Blind.

May He Rest in Peace

Date published: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Date of death: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Funeral arrangements by: Quinn’s of Glasthule
28 Glasthule Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Tel.: (01) 2806756 Email:

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6 Responses to Shane Hall

  1. John Burns says:

    That’s very sad news. Condolences to his family. Shane was a great stalwart of the club and will be greatly missed. As you say, his cheery disposition (even when on the wrong end of a checkmate) was a real tonic.

  2. Michael says:

    What a shock and a huge loss to everyone who knew him. Shane was always jolly and created a positive atmosphere in the club, where his enthusiasm was contagious. The place won’t be the same without him.

  3. Darren says:

    Shocked to hear the news, rest peacefully big man!! Condolences to his family, he’ll be greatly missed by everyone at the club.

  4. leon fagan says:

    its very sad to see the loss off such a great friend and member off the club,Shane was the type off person that would always raise your spirits with his cheerful character and would never back down from a challenge.may i offer both prayers and my condelences his in peace shane.

  5. John burns says:

    As a small tribute to Shane, here’s a game I played against him a few years ago, where he was competitive until near the end:
    [Event “Hogarty Rapidplay”]
    [Site “Teachers club”]
    [Date “2009.04.06”]
    [Round “1”]
    [White “Hall, Shane”]
    [Black “Burns, John”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [ECO “C02”]

    1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Nh6 6. Bxh6 gxh6 7. Be2 cxd4 8.
    Nxd4 Nxe5 9. f4 Ng6 10. f5! (A great move by Shane, one thoroughly vindicated by Fritz. White smashes up Black’s pawn shell) exf5 11. Qd3 (A better follow up would have been 11. O-O Bc5 12. Bb5+ Bd7 13. Bxd7+ Qxd7 14. Re1+ Ne7) 11… Qg5 (not a clever move by me. I should have preferred 11… Qh4+ 12. g3 Qe4 13. Rf1 Bd7) 12. Qb5+! Bd7 13. Qxd5?! Only here does Shane go wrong. Had he taken on b7 instead, he had at least an equal game (13. Qxb7 Rc8 14. O-O Nf4 15. Bf3 Nh3+ 16. Kh1 Nf2+ 17. Kg1 Nh3+ =) 13… Qc1+ 14. Bd1 Qxb2 15. Nxf5 Bxf5 (Again, a poor choice by Black. 15… O-O-O was better) 16. Rf1 (16. Ba4+ would have caused me plenty of problems Ke7 17. Qxf5 Qc1+ 18. Bd1 Qe3+ 19. Kf1 Bg7) 16… Bg7 17. Rf2 Bxc3+ 18. Nd2 Qxa1 19. Rxf5 O-O 20. Rf2 Rae8+ 21. Re2 Rxe2+ 22. Kxe2 Nf4+ 0-1

  6. Tim Conlan says:

    Condolences to Shane’s family and many friends on his sudden death.
    Shane was a member of Phibsboro Chess Club for a short while before departing to
    Rathmines. However he still dropped in for the odd game and played in the odd club
    tournament and such was his popularity he was always made welcome.
    Shane loved to play chess,and win or lose always enjoyed his games.
    His good humour will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

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