Paddy Burke, Convent Road, Ballinrobe, who passed away on Sunday evening, was father of Declan and Adrian Burke, two prominent former Ballinrobe footballers.

The late Paddy Burke, RIP

Declan and Adrian played at all levels for the club, and Declan lined out at right half-back on the Mayo team that won the 1985 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship. He also featured on the Ballinrobe team that won the 1990 Mayo Junior Football Championship and starred in the colours of Trinity College, Dublin, during his student days.

Declan and Adrian both won a number of under age divisional and county titles with Ballinrobe, and Adrian was a member of the Ballinrobe Community School team that won the 1991 All-Ireland Colleges Senior B Football Championship, the first of nine All-Ireland titles won by the school in the 1990s. Declan played on the Ballinrobe CBS team that won the 1985 Flanagan Cup (Mayo Colleges Senior Championship) title. Both are now prominent businessmen in Ballinrobe.

Declan is involved in the club’s Bord na nÓg section as an U12 coach. His wife, Siobhan, is the ladies football representative on our club’s executive committee. Adrian’s wife, Karen, is heavily involved in our ladies club.

Paddy’s grandchildren Rossa, Kyle, Katie, Ry-Lee and Naoise play for the club at various levels.

Paddy, who was well known in farming and business circles, is survived by his wife, Frances; daughter, Attracta Maria; sons, Declan and Adrian; sisters, Bernie and Bridget; grandchildren, Holly, Katie, Rossa, Kyle, Ry-Lee and Naoise; daughters-in-law, Karen and Siobhan; son-in-law, Niall; relatives and friends.

Funeral details are available here: May he rest in peace.


  • Declan Corcoran, Chairman, Ballinrobe GAA Club.

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