Chief of staff 'never shirked challenge'
Former chief of staff of the Defence Forces Gerry McMahon never shied away from a challenge and it stood to him when he was appointed to the top military post at a time of great change, his funeral Mass heard yesterday.
Parish priest of Newbridge, Co Kildare, Fr Paul Dempsey said Lieut General McMahon (82) had an outstanding and distinguished career in the Defence Forces at home and abroad and he had dedicated himself with a passion to promoting justice wherever he had served. "But despite the glittering career, he was privately a humble man", Fr Dempsey told the packed Cill Mhuire church.
General McMahon is survived by his wife, Anne and three sons, Garrett, Aengus and Felim. The mourners were led by President Michael D Higgins while Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was represented by his ADC, Comdt James Sharkey. In accordance with his wishes, General McMahon was not given full military honours but his coffin was dressed by military police personnel, using the national flag, his cap and UN beret.