The death has taken place today of legendary Mayo GAA supporter John Durcan. John, who was 75, was known at St Patrick, having attended Mayo games over the years dressed as Ireland’s patron saint.
According to the Mayo News John was an army veteran and served his country for 36 years. He had battled illness for many years but was attending Mayo games until recently.
John was a native of Carracastle, Bonniconlon and joined the army in 1960 and was sent on the first of two six-month tours of duty to the Congo writes Edwin McGreal. He also served with the Irish Army on the border after the Troubles in the North broke out in 1969.
The Durcan family moved to Westport in 1980 and John left the army in 1996. He then worked for seven years with Allergan.
From 2004 on, he was renowned as ‘St Patrick’, dressing up in green and red for games involving Mayo men’s and women’s teams, and in red and black for Westport United’s successful FAI Junior Cup run in 2005.
John is survived by his wife, Agatha; children, Neil, Shane, Frankie, Cepta, Bobby and Paul; brother, Tony; grandchildren, extended family and wide circle of friends.
John’s remains will repose at St. Aidan's Room adjoining St. Patrick's Church, Islandeady on Sunday evening from 5 o’clock with removal at 7 o’clock to the Church.
He will be laid to rest on Monday afternoon in Fahy Cemetery following 12 noon Funeral Mass.