John O'Mahony (Mayo politician)

For other people named John O'Mahony, see John O'Mahony (disambiguation).
John O'Mahony
Assumed office
May 2016
Constituency Nominated by the Taoiseach
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2007  February 2016
Constituency Mayo
Personal details
Born (1953-06-08) 8 June 1953
Kilmovee, Mayo, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Gerardine Towey
Children 5
Alma mater St Patrick's College, Maynooth,
University College Galway

John O'Mahony (born 8 June 1953) is an Irish Fine Gael politician and former football manager. He is a former Teachta Dála (TD) for the Mayo constituency,[1] having been elected at the 2007 general election.[2] He was party Deputy spokesperson with special responsibility for Sport from October 2007 to March 2011.

A native of Kilmovee, County Mayo, he taught for many years at St Nathy's College, Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon. He is married to Gerardine Towey, they have five daughters.

He was the manager of the Mayo Gaelic football team, and formerly led Galway to two All-Ireland Senior Football Championship victories in 1998 and 2001, and guided Leitrim to success in the 1994 Connacht Senior Football Championship.[3] In 2009 he was named at 114 in the Sunday Tribune's list of the 125 Most Influential People In GAA History.[3]

He lost his seat at the 2016 general election[2] and was nominated by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the 25th Seanad in May 2016.[4]


  1. "Mr. John O'Mahony". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  2. 1 2 "John O'Mahony". Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  3. 1 2 McEvoy, Enda (4 January 2009). "125 Most Influential People In GAA History". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 20 January 2009.
  4. "O'Mahony and Mulherin among Taoiseach's Seanad nominees". Connaught Telegraph. 27 May 2016.
Preceded by
Jerry Cowley
Teachta Dála for Mayo
Succeeded by
Lisa Chambers
(Fianna Fáil)
Gaelic games
Preceded by
Páidí Ó Sé
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship winning manager
Succeeded by
Seán Boylan
Preceded by
Páidí Ó Sé
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship winning manager
Succeeded by
Joe Kernan
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