Packy McGarty

Packy McGarty
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Position Forward
Born Leitrim, Ireland
Years Club
Years County
1949–1971 Leitrim
Inter-county titles
Connacht titles 1
All Stars 0

Packy McGarty (born 1933) is a former Gaelic football player from Mohill, County Leitrim. He played with Leitrim for 23 years from 1949 to 1971, playing he first senior game at the age of 16.

He played in four Connacht Finals with Leitrim, from 1957 to 1960. In 1958 they were narrowly beaten by a Galway team backboned by the players who would win 3 All-Ireland titles in a row from 1963 to 1966. In this match he had his jersey torn to shreds by the Galway backs, and many spectators said his performance was one of the all-time great gaelic football forward displays.

He played on his first Connacht Railway cup team at the age of 20, in 1954. He won his first Railway Cup with Connacht in 1957.

He won a Connacht Junior Championship in 1962, and was on the team which lost to Meath in the All-Ireland Junior Final.

He was included on the Gaelic Football team of the century, of the great Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) footballers who never won an All-Ireland Medal.

He is the only Leitrim Player chosen on the Connacht GAA team of the millennium.

He lives in Clondalkin in Dublin, where he owned a grocery shop for many years.


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