It is with deep sadness that Mayo GAA has learned of the sudden passing of Peter Dempsey, a lifelong servant of Balla GAA Club as a player, mentor, official and worker.


Peter was a typical GAA volunteer who gave a lifetime of service to his club without ever seeking recognition for his efforts.


In a statement from Balla GAA club they say It was with great sadness today that we learned of the sudden passing of one of our most long-serving and hard-working club members


Up until his untimely passing, he was one of the key members of the pitch committee that looked after and tended to Nally Park on an almost daily basis, ensuring it was always playable and in tip-top shape. It wasn’t the easiest of jobs, but Peadar never wilted from the task at hand.


Last September, he was in MacHale Park to see our senior team win the County Intermediate title for the first time ever in our history as a club. While he witnessed history that night, 40 years previous he was creating it, as he was a key member of the County Junior title winning team of 1980 – the first ever for the club.


Peadar was a constant presence at Balla matches across the county, no matter the age group or the weather conditions.


No doubt he was looking forward to watching his beloved Balla line out in the County Senior Championship this year.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dempsey family during this difficult time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam