John McCarthy (Gaelic footballer)

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John McCarthy
Personal information
Irish name Seán Mac Cárthaigh
Sport Gaelic football
Position Defender/Midfielder
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
Years Club
Na Fianna
Ballymun Kickhams
Years County Apps (scores)
1970-1981 Dublin ?
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles ?
All-Irelands 3

John McCarthy (born 1955) is a former Dublin Gaelic footballer[1] who made his championship debut in a defeat by Louth in a Leinster SFC Replay in 1973. However this would be his team's last defeat in the province until 1980. He was once described by former Donegal manager Brian McEniff as the most lethal of the six Dublin forwards.[citation needed]

Playing career[edit]


In the period 1974 to 1979 John won three All Ireland medals in 1974, 1976 and 1977. John was a crucial figure in these years particularly in the 1976 All Ireland final against old rivals Kerry as John struck for the first goal to set Dublin on their way to victory. He proved to be a real thorn in Kerrys side as he was also fouled for the penalty which led to Dublins second goal. He repeated the dose against Kerry in the classic semi final of 1977 when he plundered Dublins first goal shortly after half time. In the final of 1977 John was part of a Dublin full forward line that amassed all but two of the teams two points in a tally of 5-12 against Armagh.


Throughout his career he played for three clubs Garda, Na Fianna and Ballymun Kickhams. He is currently a selector with Ballymun Kickhams senior team which won 2009 Dublin SFL bridging a 20-year gap.


John was a Garda by profession based at Mountjoy and holds a unique record alongside Kerry's Aidan O'Mahony and Tom O'Sullivan within the force of being the only Gardaí to play in six successive All Ireland finals. He retired from the Garda Síochána in 2005.

Johns' son named James was a senior footballer with Dublin who won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on two occasions.[2]


  1. ^ O’Brien, John (August 1, 2004). "Caught in Time: Dublin beat Galway, 1974 All-Ireland football final". The Times. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
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