A delighted Packie McGarty pictured after a Mohill victory in the Leitrim Senior Championship Final
Throughout his career Packie said he would play his last game for his home club Mohill and on the 19th of June 1977 he travelled the 100 miles from Dublin to keep that long ordained promise.
Mohill were playing Gortletteragh in the loser’s group of the senior championship.
The match started without Packie and when he did arrive, he joined the subs with number 19 on his back.
After 10 minutes action was required and he was brought on, replacing P.J. Reynolds.
The Observer reported, ‘Barely 10 seconds on, Packie zoomed in on a loose ball and flicked it on to an unsuspecting colleague. His cool brain and his impeccable high fielding were still evident’.
The Mohill team that lined out on that historic day was: Sean ‘Bula’ McCrann, Brendan Gallagher, Michael McGuinness, J.J. McKeon, John Gordon, Anthony Canning, Padraig Keegan, Des Keegan, Michael Duignan, Brian Gordon, J Reynolds, Stephen Kerr, Eamonn Duignan, John Baxter, Willie McHugh. Subs - Packie McGarty for P.J. Reynolds, P.J. Reynolds for Stephen Kerr.
Final Score: Gortletteragh 1-4, Mohill 0-3. The Mohill scorers were Michael Duignan, Eamonn Duignan and Padraig Keegan (0-1 each).
Mohill and Leitrim legend Packie McGarty had played his last game of football and ended a remarkable career from his first match with Leitrim in 1949 to his last game in Páirc Sean MacDiarmada with Mohill in 1977.