Philly McMahon in action against Monaghan, staying at home this Christmas
Philly McMahon in action against Monaghan in this years Allianz NFL

All Star Defender chooses home instead of South Africa this Christmas

In a couple of week’s time, the Dublin Senior Football team will be heading for South Africa for their annual holiday.

2017 has been an absolutely fantastic year for the boys in blue, after winning their third consecutive All Ireland Championship. And for some of the players on the panel, their fifth since 2011. One of these marquee athletes is Ballymun Kickhams star Philly McMahon.

On December 27th, Philly should be packing his bags and heading for the airport but not this year as the legendary defender has decided to stay put in Dublin for Christmas.

The two time All Star and now award winning writer, after his autobiography “The Choice” has received various accolades, learned earlier this year that his Dad had been diagnosed with stomach cancer. So instead of jetting off with his teammates, Philly has decided to be with his father and family for the festive season.

While the news was tough to take, Philly as always has put a positive spin on the story.

“At the end of May, after the break we had, my dad got diagnosed. That was tough.” he told the Herald.

“[But] when you go and see a man that is sick, you can’t be giving out. You have to go and enjoy your training and enjoy you life.”

McMahon has not had it easy, having lost his brother John around five years ago through drug abuse. In his book he describes what that was like and how it turned his own life around.

Nowadays Philly is successful business owner and entrepreneur, and also an amazing spokesperson for drug awareness, mental health and fitness. And he’s used the platform of his success to help others.

And with his Dad being released from hospital for Christmas, Philly has decided to pass on the team holiday on December 27th to spend some quality time with his Dad and the rest of his family.

“He’s a very positive man and he is fighting every day and when it gets to that stage, that’s all you can do.”

“It’s great to have have him home for Christmas.”