Official opening of Philly McGuinness Memorial Park

January 11, 2015

Philly McGuinness Memorial Park, Mohill.
Pic via CLG Maothail - Mohill GAA Facebook.

A large crowd is expected to turn out in Mohill today for the official opening of Philly McGuinness Memorial Park.

The occasion will be marked by the staging of the Connacht FBD League game between Leitrim and Galway - the first senior inter-county fixture Mohill has hosted in 45 years. The pitch was named St. Manchan's Park in 1935, but the club decided to rename it after Philly tragically lost his life when sustaining a head injury while playing for Mohill against Melvin Gaels in a league game in April 2011.

The 26-year-old was a star of the Mohill and Leitrim football teams, and famously played alongside his brothers John and Michael in an All-Ireland qualifier against Dublin. He also lined out for the Leitrim hurlers.

The McGuinness brothers starred in Mohill's last Leitrim SFC success in 2006, while their late father Michael was also an outstanding footballer and hurler.

The official opening of the redeveloped grounds will be performed by GAA president-elect Aogan O Fearghail.

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