Mayo mourns 'The Flying Doctor'

June 10, 2019

Aidan O'Shea with 'The Flying Doc' Padraig Carney

Another link with Mayo's 1950 and '51 All-Ireland winning teams has been severed with the passing of Padraig Carney in California.

Nicknamed ‘The Flying Doctor’ after the county flew him home from the US for the 1954 National League semi-final against Carlow, Carney's passing leaves Paddy Prendergast, who lives in Tralee, as the only surviving member of the last Mayo team to win an All-Ireland in 1951.

Born in Swinford in 1928, Padraig was one of Mayo's most decorated players. As well as winning two All-Ireland medals, he won collected four Connacht medals and a Railway Cup with Connacht. He also starred for UCD in the Sigerson Cup in the 1940s. 

Mayo GAA said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Pádraig Carney ‘The Flying Doctor'. He was a member of the 1950 and ‘51 All-Ireland winning Mayo teams. He gave tremendous service to the Mayo jersey for a number of years.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh anam.”

The late Padraig Carney was part of that great Mayo team of the early 50's. 'The Flying Doctor' is pictured 5th from left front row before the 1951 all Ireland decider at Croke Park.

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