Appointment as Chief of Staff
Interviewed for MAOHP - 10/02/2017
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_005_A
Location(s): Cathal Brugha Barracks
In this piece of audio from December 2016, Lieutenant General McMahon reflects his appointment as Chief of Staff on 08 February 1995. He speaks about his emotions and feelings upon becoming Chief of Staff and reflects on joining the army in 1953 with little military background and his sense of gratitude for having made it to the top of the organisation. He describes how he was relatively confident he could handle the job, given the previous year's work with regard to the reorganisation of the army. He also reflects on his sadness that his parents hadn't lived to see him become Chief of Staff.