Mayo GAA come up trumps for lifelong fan (86) to attend semi-final replay
Wheelchair-bound husband delighted his wife will be able to cheer on her team
Published 04/09/2015 | 14:29
Mayo GAA have contacted Independent.ie to say they would be 'delighted' to provide Joan Rush with a ticket to the All-Ireland semi-final football replay.
Joan Rush (86) is a 'lifelong' fan of Mayo GAA and she told Independent.ie that she had only missed one game in the last few years due to her husband's illness.
Jimmy is wheelchair-bound and relies on an oxygen tank but will be watching the match at home. "If you want to hear roaring and shouting, come up here on Saturday evening".
Speaking to Independent.ie, Jimmy said: "I would give my right arm to be there - but I'd have to go in a box".
Despite this, Jimmy was holding out hope that Joan would still be able to go to cheer on her team.
Following a feature on Independent.ie, Mayo GAA PRO Aiden McLoughlin contacted Independent.ie to 'provide Joan with a ticket'.
"There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people unable to get a ticket, but we feel that this is an exceptional case," he said.
"We'd really like to be able to look after Joan this time and we are delighted to be able to help them".
Speaking to Independent.ie, Joan was 'delighted' with the offer.
"You're not serious? Oh my God!," she said when she heard the news.
"I have a lovely green jumper, I think I'll wear it because it will be cold! I'll have my flat shoes - I'm all ready!"
"I am absolutely thrilled - that's wonderful!"
Joan Rush (86) and her husband Jimmy have been lifelong fans of the GAA. A proud Mayo woman, Joan has attended matches back as far as 1951, the last year Mayo claimed the Sam Maguire.
Jimmy was the founding secretary of Knockmore GAA and was recently presented with a trophy for fifty years of involvement with the club.
Jimmy suffers from Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which has no cure, but as he told Independent.ie: "I'm not going to let that stop me".