Tributes are being paid today following the death of Dr. Padraig Carney also known as “The Flying Doctor”.
Dr Carney was a member of the All-Ireland winning Mayo teams of 1950 & 1951.
A native of Swinford, he was called "The Flying Doctor" after being flown home from New York, where he was studying medicine, to compete in the latter stages of Mayo's victorious 1954 National League campaign.
He passed away in California yesterday at the age of 91.
Carney racked up a whopping tally of 8-99 in over 30 appearances before his studies abroad forced his retirement at the age of 26.
In addition to his two senior All-Ireland titles, he won National league titles in 1949 and 1954, two Sigerson Cup titles with UCD, a Railway Cup medal, as well as four Connacht titles.
Bernard O’Hara who was a great friend recalled his first impressions of encountering Padraig Carney and was impressed by him immediately both on and off the field.
James Laffey who is the Editor of the Western People and author of “The Road to 51” says he was one of the star men during that golden era for Mayo Football.
Swinford GAA Club posted a message on Social Media saying When the words GAA legends are used there is always one Swinford man that is mentioned, Padraig Carney.
It is with sorrow that we hear that Padraig has died over the weekend in California.
His name will always be remembered when Mayo GAA is spoken of.
The Mayo GAA County Board says it's with great sadness that we've learned of the passing of Pádraig Carney 'The Flying Doctor'. He gave tremendous service to the Mayo jersey for a number of years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.