KERRY GAA was in mourning this week following the death of former treasurer of the County Board, John Mcmahon, who passed away last week.
John was a member of the Listowel Emmets club and served for over 25 years as treasurer of Kerry County Board. Looking after the financial affairs of the county board is a very specialised job and for over 25 years John Mcmahon undertook that task with dignity and efficiency. His kind, courteous and friendly personality endeared him to all. For many of those years he shared the job with Jimmy Coffey (RIP) and for his last five years with John Joe O'carroll.
Coming from a financial background, the former Bank of Ireland manager worked tirelessly and unselfishly behind the scenes keeping the financial affairs of Kerry County Board in order. That posed numerous challenges. Costs are constantly increasing and a careful study of the accounts presented each year at the county convention illustrates the many items of expenditure that are undertaken every year.
The demands of expenditure had to be carefully balanced with the income of the County Board. Income comes from three sources, namely gate receipts, sponsorship and grants for Munster Council and Central Council.
From time to time additional sources of revenue are needed and John Mcmahon was at the forefront of formulating and organising these fund raising ventures. Foremost of these ventures are the ticket purchase schemes whereby the members of the scheme can purchase stand tickets for inter-county championship matches in which the Kerry Senior football team is involved.
John performed the duties of treasurer with dignity and he always had time for a friendly chat with players and supporters, particularly during the championship season when he supervised and organised ticket sales to clubs and the public at the Pavilion and Fitzgerald Stadium.
He enjoyed the loyalty and support of his stilesmen and was always sympathetic and understanding when they encountered criticism about admission charges at the turnstiles. He was very popular with our inter-county players and they continued to have great respect for him. It is a testament to the respect he gave the players that they maintained the greatest of respect for him.
John enjoyed his years as County Board Treasurer and his love of the games and his respect for the players made it a labour of love for him.