Tributes are being paid to former Mayor of Westport Ollie Gannon, who has passed away following an illness.

Mr Gannon, from St Patrick's Terrace, Westport was a Fine Gael member of the former Westport Town Council for 15 years and served as Mayor on a number of occasions.

He was a former employee of Allergan Pharmaceuticals, and was a lifelong member of Westport United where he was a player, coach, committee member and former Chairman.

Ollie Gannon is survived by his mother, brothers and extended family.

The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has expressed sympathy to the Gannon family following Ollie's death, and says Westport has lost a man who had tremendous community spirit, who served on the Westport Town Council until its abolition in 2014, and was an avid soccer supporter.

Minister Ring said Ollie Gannon was a loyal and personal friend of his all his life, and a friend to the entire community in Westport.

Westport-based FG Councillor Tereasa McGuire has also paid  tribute to her former colleague, and says the people of Westport are saddened at news of his passing.

Ollie's remains will repose at Navin's Funeral Home, Westport on Saturday evening from 5pm with removal to St Mary's Church, Westport at 7pm.

Ollie will be laid to rest in Aughavale Cemetery on Sunday following 12 noon Funeral Mass.




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