Mayo 1950 and 1951 All-Ireland winner ‘The Flying Doctor’ has died aged 91
MAYO ALL-IRELAND WINNER Pádraig Carney has died aged 91, his club have confirmed.
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Fondly-known as ‘The Flying Doctor,’ Swinford-born Carney passed away in California following a brief illness.
“When the words GAA legends are used there is always one Swinford man that is mentioned, Padraig Carney,” Swinford GAA wrote.
“It is with sorrow that I heard this evening that Padraig has died over the weekend in California. His name will always be remembered when Mayo GAA is spoken of.
“May Padraig rest in peace.”
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“It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Pádraig Carney ‘The Flying Doctor,’” Mayo GAA echoed the clubs’ words.
“He was a member of the 1950 & 51 All-Ireland winning Mayo teams. He gave tremendous service to the Mayo jersey for a number of years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Carney was the star of the Westerners’ last All-Ireland-winning senior football team, with back-to-back titles coming in 1950 and 1951.
The latter year, the midfielder gave a man-of-the-match performance in their win over Meath.
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Source: Mayo GAA Twitter.
He also won a National League title, a Railway Cup, a Sigerson Cup and four Connacht crowns before emigrating to New York in 1954.
That year, Carney returned twice to captain Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-final and final, before retiring at just 25.
In California, he settled with his wife, Myra, and raised four children. He worked as a gynecologist and obstetrician.
His passing leaves Paddy Prendergast as the only player still alive from the last Mayo team to lift the Sam Maguire. Prendergast lives in Kerry.
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