Limerick mourns death of local sports broadcaster

ONE of the most well known and knowledgable personalities in sport in Limerick, Tony McMahon, died this week.

ONE of the most well known and knowledgable personalities in sport in Limerick, Tony McMahon, died this week.

Born in Ballynanty, he came from a very sporting family.

He played soccer with Ballynanty Rovers and rugby with Young Munsters, but it was as an administrator and radio journalist that he really left his mark.

The late Mr McMahon was one of the driving forces behind Ballynanty Rovers success and in particular the opening of their clubhouse in Knockalisheen, and the success the club had in winning the FAI minor cup in 1975.

Although he worked in Customs & Excise the general public would have known him best from his voice on local radio.

He started his radio career in 1978 with Big L and with the knowledgable sports team moved on to the different stations including Raido Luimni, RLO with his last post with Limerick ‘s Live 95FM sports team.

He built up a huge following as a horse racing tipster and his ‘four to follow’ given every Saturday morning proved a huge success. His charity bet, a £500 bet on Monty’s Pass in the Grand National made a fortune for local charity at the time - Ciara’s Crusade - for a young girl Ciara Kelliher who suffered from Cystic fibrosis

“He was a great friend with a huge character and had was very sharp witted. He never forgot his roots and where he came from and was Ballynanty to the core,” said Leonard Bourke, his former colleague.

He is survived by wife Theresa, son Paul, daughter Rachel, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, brothers David, Richard, sister Joan Reposing at Thompson’s Funeral Home - Friday from 5.30pm Removal from Thompson’s Funeral Home - Friday at 7.30pm Requiem Mass at St Munchin’s Church - Saturday at 11am Burial afterwards in Castlemungret Cemetry.

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