Emotional McMahon: ‘My father was here in spirit today’

September 21, 2021 0 By HearthstoneYarns

PHILLY MCMAHON EMOTIONALLY dedicated his fifth All-Ireland winner’s medal to his late father, after Jim Gavin’s invincibles reigned supreme at Croke Park once again.

McMahon with Jim Gavin after the game.

Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

The Dublin defender helped his side to a 2-17 to 1-14 victory over Tyrone this afternoon, as they equaled Kerry’s record of lifting the Sam Maguire four years on the bounce. 

Speaking to Sky Sports afterwards, McMahon said his father, who passed away earlier this summer following a battle with stomach cancer, was with him in spirit today.

“These lads gave me a gift last year, my Da seeing me win the All-Ireland,” he said. 

“He was here in spirit today and there’s plenty of people that are not here who would have loved to be here to watch it. We’re just grateful for what we have.”

After Tyrone took the game to Dublin in the opening quarter, Gavin’s side rebounded strongly and first-half goals from Paul Mannion and Niall Scully were key in clinching another resounding victory.

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McMahon was asked if a fourth crown feels as good as the first.

“Ah yeah, how could you not enjoy this?” he added. 

All-Ireland champions again.

Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

“The big word for us this year was gratitude. There’s people in this stadium that probably won’t see an All-Ireland again. It’s just great to give a bit of happiness to people.

“These fans travel all over the country and we just love this. We always said, it’s not going to be around forever so we might as well enjoy it while we have it.”

Tough year. So grateful to have sport as a distraction. Hard luck tyrone. That's for you da #walterwhite #4inarow pic.twitter.com/gyqBUWvfqW

— Philly Mc Mahon (@PhillyMcMahon) September 2, 2018

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