Wednesday 26 April 2017

Dublin GAA great Mahony 'would have been delighted' at send-off

The remains of Denis O’Mahony are shouldered by pallbearers including his son John (far right) from St Sylvester’s Church, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
The remains of Denis O’Mahony are shouldered by pallbearers including his son John (far right) from St Sylvester’s Church, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Ryan Nugent

Representatives from the world of sport and business paid tribute to Dublin GAA great Denis 'Danno' Mahony who was laid to rest yesterday.

Mr Mahony was remembered for his string of GAA honours playing with the Boys in Blue and St Vincent's GAA Club in the 1950s and also as a successful businessman in the Irish motor trade.

Mr Mahony was a leading figure in the trade with a franchise for Toyota cars and was captain of the Dublin football team defeated by Kerry in the All-Ireland final in 1955.

Among mourners at St Sylvester's Church in Malahide were former Dublin All-Ireland-winning managers Pat O'Neill and Pat Gilroy, and legendary Dublin forward Jimmy Keaveney.

Irish soccer great David O'Leary and businessman Dermot Desmond were also in attendance.

Mr Mahony's successful business legacy is now run by his only son John. In a heartfelt and entertaining eulogy, he said Mr Mahony would have been delighted with the huge turnout at the funeral.

Dermot Desmond at the funeral mass of former Dublin football captain Denis Mahony. Photo: Mark Condren
Dermot Desmond at the funeral mass of former Dublin football captain Denis Mahony. Photo: Mark Condren

"Danno liked playing to big crowds - 87,000 in an All-Ireland final, 35,000 in a Dublin Championship final against Civil Service, records that will never be passed," he said. "We're here to celebrate a life, not mourn a death."

Mr Mahony's accolades with St Vincent's and Dublin included an incredible eight Dublin Championships and two National League titles.

Mr Mahony is survived by his wife Joan, his children Ita, Susan, John, Jeanne and Michelle, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Former Dublin manager Pat Gilroy at the funeral mass of former Dublin football captain Denis Mahony. Photo: Mark Condren
Former Dublin manager Pat Gilroy at the funeral mass of former Dublin football captain Denis Mahony. Photo: Mark Condren
Dublin 95 All Ireland football winning manager Pat O
Dublin 95 All Ireland football winning manager Pat O"Neill at the funeral mass of former Dublin football captain Denis Mahony. Photo: Mark Condren
Former Ireland soccer star David O'Leary at the funeral mass of former Dublin football captain Denis Mahony. Photo: Mark Condren
Former Ireland soccer star David O'Leary at the funeral mass of former Dublin football captain Denis Mahony. Photo: Mark Condren

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