Wednesday 18 September 2019

'My life and my brother John's were made by the pathways we took' - Dubs hero Philly McMahon

He was speaking at launch of new book Choices

Philly McMahon and Sarah Lacey
Philly McMahon and Sarah Lacey

Sean O'Grady

Philly McMahon has revealed how he has had messages from fans on how his life story has helped them cope with their own struggles.

The GAA hero (30) has released his first book, The Choice, which chronicles his life growing up in the Ballymun towers with his brother John, who died in 2012 after a long battle with heroin addiction.

"My life and my brother John's were made by the pathways we took," he said. "I've already got really good feedback from people.

"I had a book signing on O'Connell Street and a man who came up said his son passed away from a drug overdose and he had started to read the book and it helped him.

"Things like that make it worthwhile."

Philly was joined at the launch of his book in The Helix by his proud girlfriend Sarah Lacey.

Boys in Blue legend Jason Sherlock and Aslan frontman Christy Dignam were also among those who turned out to support the footballer at the launch. The Sam Maguire was there too.

Speaking at the launch, Philly told the Herald of his joy at the success of his charity Half Time Talk, which was recently given a grant of €5,000 as part of the annual Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards.

Set up to help at-risk youths in Ballymun, Half Time Talk has helped young people go on to further education and employment.

"We were very successful. Seven went on to employment and six went on to further education," he said.

"That was our objective. We did a FETAC level 4 fitness course and gave them the basic skills to go forward."

The star also revealed that he turned down RTE's invitation for him to strut his stuff on Dancing With The Stars.

He was on the producers' wish-list for the popular series, but he insists he wants to reserve his moves for when he's out with his teammates.

"I got the call last year to do it, but I said no. I'm probably the one that, when I'm out with the lads, I dance a lot. But I certainly won't be doing it any time soon," he said.


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