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Philly McMahon

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Philly McMahon
Personal information
Irish name Pilib Mac Mathúna
Sport Gaelic football
Position Left Corner Back
Born (1987-09-05) 5 September 1987 (age 33)
Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Occupation Strength & Conditioning Coach
Years Club
Ballymun Kickhams
Club titles
Dublin titles 2
Leinster titles 1
All-Ireland Titles 0
Years College
College titles
Sigerson titles 2
Years County Apps (scores)
Dublin 25 (1-08)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 12
All-Irelands 8
All Stars 2

Philip "Philly" McMahon (born 5 September 1987) is a Gaelic footballer who plays for the Ballymun Kickhams club and for the Dublin county team.

Playing career


McMahon is a member of the Ballymun Kickhams Senior Football team. in 2013, Ballymun reached the 2012–13 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship final. McMahon scored a goal as Ballymun were defeated by St. Brigid's of County Roscommon by a single point, on a scoreline of 2-11 to 2-10.


McMahon won the 2008 O'Byrne Cup with Dublin, defeating Longford in the final. He made his Championship debut that year as a sub against Louth. He played Interprovincial Championship Football for Leinster and won 2 Dublin Under 21 Football Championships with Ballymun.[1][2] He was named on the 2010 GPA Gaelic Team of the Year. He replaced James McCarthy as a sub in the second half of the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, a game which Dublin won by 1-12 to 1-11 against Kerry.[3]

On 22 September 2013, McMahon made his first start of the Championship in the All Ireland Final. He was a key performer in Dublin's defeat of Mayo on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-14.

McMahon helped Dublin to win the 2015 All Ireland final. Throughout the season he became a strong attacking threat despite being named at left corner back. He scored 1-02 in the replayed semi final against Mayo, notably holding Aidan O'Shea to a single point in over both games. McMahon was a key performer in the final where Dublin defeated reigning champions Kerry 0-12 to 0-09, with McMahon scoring a point in the 1st half while keeping marker Colm Cooper scoreless.[4] McMahon received his first All Star award while he was also named on the shortlist for GAA Footballer of the Year, ultimately won by teammate Jack McCaffrey.

McMahon was again a key performer in 2016 as Dublin again defeated Mayo by a single point after a replay on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-14 to retain the Sam Maguire Cup. McMahon received his second All Star for his performances.[5]

In 2017 Dublin were narrowly defeated in the National League final by Kerry by a single point. They then went on to win a record 7 Leinster titles in a row.[6] On 17 September, McMahon was heavily involved as Dublin claim a historic 3 in a row All Ireland titles with another narrow 1-17 to 1-16 victory against Mayo.[7] Having been outplayed in the first half, the Dubs turned the game around to win a thrilling game courtesy of a 75th minute Dean Rock free.[8]

International rules

McMahon made his debut in the 2015 International Rules Series. Ireland edged out the single game series against a strong Australia side on a scoreline of 56-52.

Work with association football clubs

In November 2012, McMahon was the strength and conditioning coach at Shamrock Rovers.[9][10]

In May 2021, McMahon began working with the Bohemians club's first team as a performance coach.[11]

Personal life

McMahon changed his surname from Caffrey, his mother's name, to McMahon, his father's name, whom he was named after. His father died from cancer at the age of 64 in 2018.[12]

McMahon is a business owner and operates multiple gyms. He also launched a health food company.

He is a saxophonist.[13]

In 2017, after winning his fifth All-Ireland Senior Championship, McMahon released his autobiography called The Choice, which was co-written by sports journalist Niall Kelly. The book won the 2017 Eir Sports Book of the Year award in December 2017. The book also won the Sports Book of the Year award at the 2017 Irish Book Awards.[14][15]

He married his long-term girlfriend Sarah Lacey in December 2019.[16]

He has set up a charity entitled the half time talk in order to educate, train and empower young, unemployed adults in communities nationwide.




Ballymun Kickhams





  1. ^ "News".
  2. ^ Return trip to Dublin by Conor McKeon, Evening Herald [1] Wednesday 9 June 2010
  3. ^ "News".
  4. ^ "Dublin are All Ireland champions after seeing off Kerry in Croke Park". Independent. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Dublin secure back-to-back All Ireland titles with one-point victory over Mayo in titanic battle". Independent. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  6. ^ "A record seventh Leinster title in a row for ruthless Dublin but Kildare escape with credit". Irish Times. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  7. ^ "History-making Dublin inch past heroic Mayo to make it three in a row". Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Dean Rock wins the All-Ireland Final for Dublin in the last minute". Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Trevor Croly new manager". 7 November 2012. Archived from the original on 30 August 2015.
  10. ^ Keane, Paul (26 August 2015). "Cross-channel call tempts Philly McMahon". Irish Examiner. The former Shamrock Rovers strength and conditioning coach has started every game for Dublin...
  11. ^ "Dublin star Philly McMahon joins Bohemians' back-room team". RTÉ. 31 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Philly McMahon opens up and reveals brother's death from heroin overdose was 'the half-time talk of my life'". 20 October 2018. Philly, who changed his surname from Caffrey – his mother's – to McMahon – his dad's – to distance himself from his brother... The documentary was filmed before the GAA star’s dad Phil lost his battle with cancer earlier this year aged 64 and it opens with him blowing out candles on his birthday cake.
  13. ^ "Dublin GAA star Philly McMahon marries girlfriend Sarah Lacey in stunning wedding". 8 December 2019. Philly wrapped up the night with a saxophone performance on stage.
  14. ^ "Philly McMahon's 'The Choice' named the 2017 winner for the eir Sports Book of the Year award". The 42. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Dublin GAA star Philly McMahon's 'The Choice' named Sports Book of the Year". The 42. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Dublin GAA star Philly McMahon marries Sarah Lacey in gorgeous Kildare ceremony". Retrieved 9 December 2019.
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