Johnny Carey (Gaelic footballer)

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Johnny Carey
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Position Right full back
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
Bangor Erris, County Mayo, Ireland
Occupation Garda Síochána
Years Club
Tuam Stars
Dunmore McHales
Roscommon Gaels
Years County
1965 - 1973 Mayo
Inter-county titles
Connacht titles 2
All Stars 1

Johnny Carey is a former GAA All Star Gaelic footballer and Garda Superintendent from Bangor Erris, County Mayo,[1] Ireland. He won 2 Connacht Senior Football Championships, in 1967 and 1969, with Mayo and a National Football League medal in 1970. In 1971, he was named at right full back on the inaugural team at the GAA All Stars Awards. He was also manager of the Mayo senior football team between 1977 and 1980.

Playing career[edit]


Owing to his career with the Gardaí, Carey was a member of several clubs over the course of his playing career. With his first club, Belmullet, he won a county minor medal in 1962, which led to a call-up to the Mayo county minor team in 1962 and 1963. He joined Kiltane when it was formed in 1964, and won a north Mayo championship in 1965.[1] He was based in Tuam between 1966 and 1973, where he played with Tuam Stars before returning to Kiltane in 1973 to win a Mayo Intermediate Football Championship medal. Over the course of the rest of his club career, Carey played for Dunmore McHales and Roscommon Gaels.


Carey played for the Mayo senior inter-county team between 1965 and 1973. He was part of the team that won the Connacht Senior Football Championship in both 1967 and 1969, and captained the team to a National Football League in 1970.[1] He was also part of the Connacht Railway Cup team that won the competition in 1969.

Following his retirement from the inter-county team in 1973, he returned to manage them between 1977 and 1980.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Carey was a member of the Garda, rising to the rank of Chief [Superintendent (police) before his retirement in 2005. The following year, he was named by Shell as an advisor to the Corrib gas project.[2] He is married to Mary Ann and is father of five (Michelle, Jacqueline, John Brendan,Siobhan and Brian)


  1. ^ a b c d "Carey, Johnny". 1995-02-10. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  2. ^ "Shell announces appointment of Mr John Carey as advisor to Corrib gas project". Shell. 2006-03-10. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
Preceded by
Mayo Senior Football Manager
1977 - 1980
Succeeded by