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There's Been A Massive Reaction To Philly McMahon's Documentary Last Night

By James Fenton

October 22, 2018 at 5:14pm

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To say that Philly McMahon isn't like other Gaelic Footballers would be doing a disservice to others all over the country. However, there are a couple of things that set the Dublin star apart.

For one, the six-time All-Ireland winner's literary skills have been commended, with his book The Choice, written with Niall Kelly, winning the 2017 Sports Book Of The Year Award.

Secondly, McMahon's campaigning and charity work have been universally praised, with the tragic drug-related death of his brother John being very much a focus of the aforementioned autobiography.

The objective of highlighting how drug use can have detrimental effects on families and communities was carried over beautifully into The Hardest Hit, a documentary fronted by McMahon which aired on RTÉ last night.

The programme appears to have attracted a large audience and has been widely praised online. In it, McMahon invited cameras into his home as the work he does with Mountjoy's Progression Unit was highlighted. Philly also called for decriminalisation as well as the introduction of a drug court and people were hugely impressed with what they saw...

If you missed The Hardest Hit last night, it is now available to watch on RTÉ Player. Alternatively, it will be repeated on RTÉ One, this Wednesday at 11.10pm.

If you find that's a bit late to be staying up watching TV midweek, be sure to hit the record button. You won't regret it.

(header pic: RTÉ)

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