Sadness at passing of Pat Lane, Limerick All-Ireland Final Referee

Limerick GAA are saddened to learn of the death of former Inter-County Referee Pat Lane of St. Senans GAA Club and Limerick who passed away on Thursday 9th. January . Pat refereed at the highest levels in Football including the 1987 All-Ireland Senior Final between Meath and Cork, the 1980 All-Ireland Minor Final between Kerry and Derry and the 1986 National Football League Final between Laois and Monaghan. At Provincial Level, Pat took charge of 14 Munster Finals including Senior (6), Under 21 (3), Minor (2) and Senior Club (3). Pat was an outstanding Club servant for St. Senan’s GAA Club, serving as Club Secretary and also as Team Manager from underage level up to Senior grade with great success.

The late Pat Lane was beloved husband of Ann and much loved father of Adrian, Gillian and Caroline. He is very sadly missed by his six adored grandchildren, daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, sister, brothers, aunt Una, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Reposing at his Residence (Eircode V94 W9RT) on this Saturday evening 11th. January from 4 to 7pm followed by removal to Foynes Church. Requiem Mass on Sunday at 12.30pm. Burial afterwards in Reilig Mhuire Cemetery Askeaton.

John Cregan, Chairman Limerick GAA expressed the Sympathy of Limerick GAA to Pat’s family, his Club St. Senan’s and friends

Munster GAA Chairman Liam Lenihan said “Pat Lane was one of the outstanding Referees of his generation, beginning his career at Provincial level during Kerry’s Golden Era and was the man in the middle when Cork made the breakthrough in the 1987 Munster Final, going on to take charge of that year’s All-Ireland Final between Meath and Cork. In Munster, he was one of the leading referees for over a decade, officiating at 14 Munster Finals across all grades. Pat was a stalwart for his beloved St. Senans GAA Club and we extend our sympathies to his family, club colleagues and his large circle of friends.

Ar Dheis Dé go Raibh Sé.”

Inter-County Refereeing Roll of Honour

All-Ireland Senior Football Final – 1987
All-Ireland Minor Football Final – 1980

Munster Senior Football Finals – 1979, 1980, 1987 (draw and replay), 1988, 1990
Munster Under 21 Football Finals – 1977, 1990, 1991
Munster Minor Football Finals – 1978, 1985
Munster Club Senior Football Final – 1982, 1984, 1986

National Football League Final – 1986