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Another award for Philly’s brilliant book

Friday, 5th January, 2018 2:00pm
Another award for Philly’s brilliant book

Philly McMahon (right) pictured with Niall Kelly at the eir sports Sports Book of the Year awards ceremony. PHOTO: INPHO/DAN SHERIDAN

Another award for Philly’s brilliant book

Philly McMahon (right) pictured with Niall Kelly at the eir sports Sports Book of the Year awards ceremony. PHOTO: INPHO/DAN SHERIDAN

BALLYMUN living legend Philly McMahon has chalked up yet another award for his heartfelt autobiography, ‘The Choice’.

The book was already chosen as last year’s Bord Gais Energy Sports Book of the Year and it was recently declared eir sport Sports Book of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Smock Alley Theatre.

The winning prize includes €1,500, a specially commissioned trophy and €10,000 worth of TV advertising on eir sport.

Written with sports journalist Niall Kelly, Deputy Editor of, ‘The Choice’ not only chronicles Philly’s fabulous football career, but also tells the sad story of how his late brother John’s life took a tragically different route.

Raw, vivid and intensely moving, ‘The Choice’ is many things – an epic story of triumph in the face of adversity and loss; a family saga; a tribute to the redemptive power of sport – but above all, it’s a stirring meditation on the roles compassion and resilience can play in shaping our lives, and those around us, for the better.

Philly is a mainstay of the current All-Ireland winning Dublin football team and has been awarded two All-Stars. 

An entrepreneur and social activist, he owns and operates a number of businesses, including three gyms and Fit Food, a meal preparation service.

Since losing his brother,  Philly has become an outspoken advocate for numerous addiction and mental health initiatives.

Last year, Philly spoke movingly and honestly about his life in a widely praised appearance on ‘The Late Late Show’. He revealed how he had received disgusting abuse about his brother’s death during a game.

Last month, he was back at his old school in Ballymun, Holy Spirit BNS, where he was presented with a Dublin Bus Community Spirit Award for his HalfTimeTalk CLG, which he was inspired to set up following the tragic death of John in 2012 following a long battle with addiction.

HalfTimeTalk CLG will provide programmes and supports that will reinforce the self-belief that young adults in Ballymun have a right to be the best they can be.

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