A PASSIONATE Mayo fan who is recovering from cancer got the lift of his life yesterday – a high-speed helicopter ride to Dublin for the All-Ireland final.
Longstanding supporter Frank Warde from Castlebar was given the surprise treat by members of his family.
At the controls of the sleek black Robinson R44 – owned by Connacht Helicopters – that whisked him to the capital, was Joe Walsh from Kiltimagh, a brother of pop mogul Louis.
Frank had never flown in a helicopter before but said he wasn't at all nervous beforehand.
"The sun is shining. Mayo have a great chance of winning. What's there to be worried about," he asked.
"The helicopter trip was a great surprise," he said. "I might not have been able to make it to the game otherwise."
"I'm delighted for Frank," his wife Nancy said.