People were very moved by Philly McMahon's powerful and personal documentary about drug addiction 8 months ago

People were very moved by Philly McMahon's powerful and personal documentary about drug addiction

A powerful watch.

Throughout his illustrious playing career, six-time All-Ireland winner Philly McMahon has frequently spoken about the impact that heroin addiction had on his family after the Dublin footballer lost his older brother, John, to drug addiction.

The Ballymun Kickhams man undertook a very different task recently as his documentary, The Hardest Hit, examined drug culture in Ireland, tying in with his own campaign for the decriminalisation of drugs since his brother died in 2012.

The documentary was an incredibly candid and powerful watch as the Dublin footballer invited cameras into his home. As he frequently does, McMahon spoke candidly about the loss of his brother and the impact that drug addiction had on his family.

The documentary also delivered an insight into the work that McMahon does with Mountjoy’s Progression Unit and his constant campaigning to advocate for decriminalisation and the creation of a separate drug court.

Speaking about The Hardest Hit, McMahon says that he aimed to "hopefully give viewers a better understanding of the human being behind the disease of addiction and how we can do more as a society".

"In all my years playing football for Dublin my number one goal has never changed – to get that blue jersey and to wear it as many times as possible. I never got a chance to share any of it with John. I’d give all my All-Irelands to still have him here with me today."

In terms of the final product, it's clear that his passion and honesty has deeply resonated with viewers.