Everyone associated with Mayo GAA were deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Mayo GAA referee and Moygownagh GAA club stalwart Pat Dowling this week.  Formerly from Lixnaw in Co. Kerry, Pat taught at Carn National School for over 40 years.  He was highly regarded in GAA circles in Mayo and across the province. 

“Pat was a true friend to so many people in Mayo GAA.  He just loved being involved and we were so lucky that he chose Mayo as his adopted county.  He was a dedicated, honest and fair referee, he was a committed club player, coach and manager with Moygownagh GAA over many years, but more than anything else he was a wonderful mentor to so many young people in the GAA and through his teaching vocation.  Pat had a positive and encouraging word to say about everyone in his care be that in the classroom or on the GAA pitch.  Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís,” commented Seamus Tuohy Mayo GAA Chairman

A passionate all round sports person, Pat played hurling with Ballina / North Mayo for a number of years.  He travelled to the four corners of Ireland supporting his native and adopted county.  His talents also shone on the stage and he was involved in numerous stage productions and Novelty Acts for Scór na nÓg and Senior Scór.  His love of culture, the Irish language, music, song and dance are renowned in North Mayo.  The final whistle may have sounded for Pat Dowling but his legacy will live forever in the books, walls and halls around Mayo.

Mayo GAA would like to send their deepest sympathies to his wife Mary, his daughter Aoife, sons Gearóid and Cormac and siblings Mary Joe, Willie and Seán. 

Pat will repose from his home in Clarkes Road, Gurteens, Ballina, Co. Mayo (F26R5W0) on Saturday, 5th March from 4pm to 8pm.

Removal on Sunday to St. Patrick’s Church, Ballina for Funeral Mass at 2pm followed by burial in Killala Cemetery.

Donations if desired to the International Red Cross working in Ukraine.