Wednesday 21 February 2018

'To the world he was Danno, to us he was our world' - Dublin GAA legend Denis Mahony laid to rest

The coffin of former Dublin football captain Denis Mahony is shouldered from St. Sylvester’s Church, Malahide following his funeral mass.
Pic:Mark Condren
11.4.2017.
The coffin of former Dublin football captain Denis Mahony is shouldered from St. Sylvester’s Church, Malahide following his funeral mass. Pic:Mark Condren 11.4.2017.

Ryan Nugent

“To the world he was Danno, to us he was our world” - were the words of Denis Mahony’s son as the successful businessman and GAA great was laid to rest this morning.

Mr Mahony (88) passed away last week, with a massive crowd – including many well known faces from the business and sporting world – descending on St Sylvester’s church in Malahide to pay their respects.

Mr Mahony was known just as much for his Gaelic football accolades as his highly successful car businesses.

And this was reflected in the crowd that arrived at the packed out church.

Amongst mourners were former Dublin All-Ireland winning managers, Pat O’Neill and Pat Gilroy, while Ireland soccer legend David O’Leary was also in attendance.

Mr Mahony was a leading figure in the Irish motor trade with a franchise for Toyota cars and was captain of the Dublin football team who were defeated by Kerry in the All Ireland Final in 1955.

In a heartfelt and entertaining eulogy, his son John said Mr Mahony would have been delighted with the huge turnout.

“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.

He also spoke of the love Mr Mahony had for his family.

“His first love was Joan, his wife of 60 years. She was his rock, he bought her enough of them anyway.

“It was love at first sight and after a brief courtship, they married in 1956.

“They honeymooned in New York...because Dublin were playing Kerry in a challenge match in the Gaelic Grounds. So he managed to get the GAA to pay for the honeymoon,” he added.

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