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Philly McMahon hoping autobiography will help others overcome their own struggles

Dublin footballer Philly McMahon,pictured in the Helix UCD at the launch of his autobiography, The Choice by Gill Books.Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Dublin footballer Philly McMahon,pictured in the Helix UCD at the launch of his autobiography, The Choice by Gill Books.Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Sean O'Grady

Philly McMahon has told how his new autobiography The Choice has helped his fans overcome their own struggles.

The GAA star (30) chronicles his early years growing up in the Ballymun towers in the book.

Much of the story focuses on his relationship with his brother John who died in 2012 after a long battle with heroin addiction.

"I hope it helps people in different ways. My life and my brother John’s were made by the pathways we took. I’ve already got really good feedback from people.

"I had a book signing on O’Connell Street and I had a man who came up and said his son passed away from a drug overdose and he had started to read the book and it had helped him. Things like that make it worthwhile," he told independent.ie.

The Dubliner held the launch of his book in The Helix at DCU where he was joined by family and friends and his girlfriend Sarah Lacey.

Some of McMahon's teammates turned out to show their support for the book including Dean Rock and John Small.

Aslan star Christy Dignam was also there to show his support for the Dubs legend and performed for the audience.

McMahon hopes The Choice equips young people with the skills they need to face hardships in their life.

"We all have the power of choice. If adversity happens in your life, you can change that with your thoughts. I want to get kids to realise life isn't perfect.

"You're going to go through adversity at some stage and how we equip kids to do that is very important," he said.

The Choice by Philly McMahon is out now.

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