The sad and sudden passing of stalwart Bernie Scanlon has brought a huge sense of sorrow, shock and sadness to Kiltane GAA Club, its membership and supporters, not just locally, and across the country but also overseas.
Bernie Scanlon gave a lifetime of outstanding service to the club, of that there can be no doubt.
Furthermore, he alone holds the distinction of being the longest serving active member of the club.
Throughout that association he made an enormous contribution in his capacity as founder member, player, mentor, delegate,executive member, club ambassador, worker and fundraiser.
His ability to raise funds knew no bounds, as he was only too well aware of the extra difficulties posed for clubs in rural Ireland with lesser populations, hence his willingness to do so right to the very end, actually as recently as January 7th.
Bernie was a proud Kiltane man, with a great knowledge of Gaelic games, who derived great satisfaction as he witnessed the club progress in various competitions down through the years.
He took a keen interest in all players, always providing the best and most appropriate advice and naturally the selection of his sons Bryan, John and Martin in the blue and gold created an additional interest.
He was also a noted Mayo supporter who attended games far and wide with regular visits to Croke Park, while some ten plus years ago he travelled to New York for a Mayo senior championship game.
He was a man with a large circle of Gaelic Games friends, many of whom he met on his travels to Kiltane games, as well as when officiating on behalf of the county, in McHale Park and many other venues throughout Mayo.
His legacy will be forever etched in the history of the club.
The club extends deepest and heartfelt sympathy to his wife Ann, daughters Caroline, Tisha, Paula and sons Tommy, Bryan, John and Martin relative and friends. May his kind and gentle soul rest in peace.
ArDheis De Go Raibh A AnamDilis.
CumannLuthchleas Gael CilltSeadhna.