Joining the Irish Army
Interviewed for MAOHP - 21/12/2016
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_004_E
Location(s): Limerick City
In this clip, Lieutenant General McMahon outlines his reasons for joining the Irish Army in 1953. He explains that he had no military background apart from his uncle Vinny who had been in the Free State Army. He outlines that when he was doing his Leaving Cert he was informed that 'only Doctor's sons or solicitors sons went to University'. He states that after being counselled by the Christian Brothers, he applied to several places for work including Shannon Airport, the ESB, CIE, Civil Service, An Garda Siochána and the Army. He was offered a Cadetship with the army, which his father advised him to take on the basis that it was 'a good job with a pension'.