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Mayo GAA loses well-known Westport supporter


PRECIOUS MEMORY The late Johnny Lehane and his wife, Bibi Lehane, got their hands on Sam Maguire during Mayo’s run to the 2013 All-Ireland Final.

Football fan Johnny Lehane (89), to be buried on Friday

Michael Duffy

One of the longest-serving Mayo GAA supporters from the Westport area has sadly died just days before his beloved county’s All-Ireland final appearance against Dublin on September 18.
Johnny Lehane, from Altamont Street, Westport and late of Bunrower, Ayle, Westport, was in his 89th year and was well-known throughout the region for his staunch support of the Mayo team all throughout his life.
Johnny and his wife, Bibi, were regulars on a well-known Mayo GAA supporters’ bus organised by Ann Baynes in Westport.
Ann, who is Treasurer of Westport GAA Club, said all GAA fans in the town and further afield were ‘desperately sad’ to hear of Johnny’s passing.
“It definitely has put a bit of a dampener on the build up to the All-Ireland final because Johnny was one of Mayo most loyal followers. Everyone on our bus had great time for Johnny, and his lovely wife, Bibi.
“Johnny’s depth of knowledge of Mayo GAA was truly remarkable, he could recall teams and scores from years gone by and everyone loved interacting with him on our journey’s around the county,” said Ann.
Despite his advancing years, Johnny still travelled on the Baynes’ bus to the majority of Mayo’s league and championship matches, and he was at the All-Ireland finals in 2012 and 2013.
“There is no doubt Johnny yearned to see Mayo win the All-Ireland again, and everyone on the bus will have him in our thoughts as we travel to Dublin next weekend. Hopefully Mayo can do it this time,” added Ann.
Johnny is survived by his loving wife, Bridget (Bibi); sons, Tommie and John; daughters, Maura and Noreen; his extended family and many friends from all over west Mayo.
His remains will be reposing at Aughagower Community Centre this evening (Thursday) from 6pm, with removal at 7.30pm to St Patrick’s Church, Aughagower. Requiem Mass will take place on Friday morning at 11am, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.