Garry McMahon

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Garry McMahon
Personal information
Irish name Garraí Mac Mathúna
Sport Gaelic football
Position Forward
Born (1937-08-31)31 August 1937
Listowel, County Kerry
Died 5 March 2008(2008-03-05) (aged 70)
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Occupation Solicitor
Years Club
1950s–1960s Listowel Emmets
Years County Apps (scores)
1958–1962 Kerry 12 (7–06)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 2
All-Irelands 2

Garry McMahon (31 August 1937 – 5 March 2008) was an Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club Listowel Emmets and was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from the 1958 until 1962. McMahon holds the record for scoring the fastest goal ever in an All-Ireland final.[1]

Playing career[edit]

McMahon started playing Gaelic football at a young age. In 1954, he helped St. Michael's College to win the Dunloe Cup for the first time, which brought him to the attention of the Kerry Minor team. He played for them in 1955, where they were beaten in the Munster Minor Football Championship final by Tipperary.[1]

While attending college in Dublin, where he played for the Clan na nGael club in Raheny for two years, working his way up from the club's junior team to the senior team. Later, while training as a solicitor with his uncle in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, McMahon offered to play for Tipperary, but was denied, allegedly on the grounds of being part of the McMahon family from Fethard, who seemingly were not renowned Gaelic footballers.[2]

McMahon played with the Kerry Senior football team between 1959 and 1962, winning 2 All-Ireland medals in that time. His debut was against Cork in the 1959 Munster final, where he scored 2-2 in the first half, leading match commentator Michael O'Hehir to say: "This morning, Garry McMahon was a son of a famous father, this evening Bryan McMahon is the father of a famous son".[1] He is attributed with scoring the fastest goal ever in an All-Ireland final - a fisted goal after 34 seconds against Roscommon, in what was the first live televised All Ireland final in 1962.[2] He was also a renowned writer and singer of ballads and could pen a few lines as quickly as he scored those famous goals of his youth.


  1. ^ a b c "Garry McMahon 1937-2008". Listowel Emmets. Archived from the original on 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Sideline View . . . with Martin Kiely". Limerick Leader. 2008-03-12. Archived from the original on 2011-01-16. Retrieved 2009-11-08.