Second book I’ve read this year called the choice. There’s no Nazis in this one but plenty of questionable actions. As a participant and fan of our Gaelic Games im proud to see Philip talk about the dublin Jersey not belonging to the players but to the “communities that shaped us” because that is what it is all about for me.
The GAA has roots in every parish and town land in ireland, it is the lifeblood of many villages ripped apart by austerity. Ghost towns May exist in ireland but you’re never far away from a Gaa pitch. Of course it has its flaws, any large participative action would, especially when finances have to be taken into account but it’s reach is huge and its sense of belonging is unparalleled.
At this stage most reading this will know this isn’t just another footballing autobiography. Philly is proud of his community, that much is obvious. He has no concerns about being from working class dublin and was raised in an area that ranks very high on the deprecation list in the country. Ballymun is know for its tower complex’s that have since been buried to the ground, like many of its inhabitants it never really had a chance. Some broke through and this book gives hope to many that are in despair.
His brother lost out to the scourge of addiction and the effects this has on ordinary families is detailed here. John is spoken about in generous tones and whilst his death tore the Mcmahon family not once is there blame pointed at him.
Some football sneaks in but you wouldn’t think this was a story of a hugely successful footballer, it’s not that kind of book. The author is using his influence to try and make a positive difference to people’s lives and for that he deserves the accolades of the hill and beyond.