Tyrone GAA & Omagh St Enda’s star, Joe McMahon, calls time on County career…
Without doubt one of Tyrone GAA’s great, and certainly one of the most versatile, players, Joe McMahon, has today called time on his inter-county career.
The brilliant Omagh player played in 61 Senior football championship games for the O’Neill County and few could forget his memorable contribution in particular to the 2008 All Ireland senior title win!
His outstanding goal in the quarter final of that memorable campaign against Dublin and of course the vivid memory of how Joe and his brother, Justin, dismantled the Kerry “Twin Towers” of Donaghy and Walsh in that famous final – something which was said to be impossible pre the final!
A fantastic player who gave so much in the field of play for the county, Joe released the following official statement today…
The combination of injuries over the last two years and the struggle to respond to treatment to gain the fitness required at this level has compelled me to call time on my inter-county career. I have pushed myself to the limits working closely with the Tyrone medical team but I have to accept the reality that it is my body which is saying it’s game over. Hopefully though, I will still be able to play with my club, Omagh St Enda’s.
I was very fortunate to have played with and against some of the greatest players to have graced the game and under one the GAA’s greatest managers, Mickey Harte. I am so indebted to those who helped me along the way- my wife Geraldine and I must mention my children Aoibhe, Anna and Joseph, my parents, family, friends and my club Omagh St Enda’s, my former schools Omagh CBS and St Conor’s P.S and St Mary’s College Belfast. I acknowledge the support of the Tyrone backroom teams and the friendship of Mickey Moynagh over the years. The GPA has also been a great help in time of need.
I can reflect now on the elements that make Tyrone such a passionate county for its football- the County Board, Club Tyrone and the loyal supporters with their families. I thank all of them for the generosity of their time and resources and for the brilliant memories shared.
I wish all my colleagues in the 2017 squad every success for the championship ahead. I say to them, enjoy all your days with Tyrone. There is no greater honour than pulling on the jersey.
Joe McMahon Profile:
Total Appearances: 122 (Debut v Donegal 2004 McKenna Cup Final)
SFC Appearances: 61 (Debut v Fermanagh 2004)
SFC scores: 2-15
2 x All Ireland Senior Football Championships (2005, 2008)
4 x Ulster Senior Football Championships (2007, 2009, 2010, 2016)
1 x Allianz Football League Division 2 (2016)
1 x All Ireland Minor Football Championship (2001)
1 x Ulster Minor Football Championship (2001)
2 x Ulster Under 21 Football Championship (2002,2003)
1 x Tyrone Senior Football Championship (2014)