The Mayo football community is mourning the death of Dermot Holmes of Coolcronan, Foxford.

Dermot signed for Conn Rangers in 1979 having previously been with Lincoln City.

He went on to represent Rangers in four different decades, lining out in the black and green from the late 70s right up to the early 2000s.

He was part of the Mayo Oscar Traynor side that scored a famous win over Galway in 1981 and was an automatic choice among past players for Conn Rangers 'All Time Eleven'.

At the end of his playing days Dermot moved into management, and along with PJ Duffy, lead Rangers to the Premier Division title in 2003.

Conn Rangers FC paid respect to ‘one of the finest men to ever play for the club’ in an emotional post on social media yesterday.

They say that Dermot was ‘a thorough gentleman, a wonderful teammate, a loyal servant to the club and a friend to all who knew him.’

His Funeral takes place on Wednesday at 11 o’clock in The Church of Christ The King, Knockmore and can be viewed on www.churchtv.ie/Knockmore.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

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