John McCarthy, Civic Reception for the Dublin Team, GPO, O'Connell Street, 25 September 1978
John McCarthy was, along with Jimmy Keaveney, Dublin's danger man around the square. His 3-07 against Carlow in the 1978 Leinster Championship set a new record for the highest individual score for a Dubliner in the Championship.
John McCarthy made his debut for the Dubs in 1973 and collected All-Ireland medals in 1974, 1976, and 1977. McCarthy scored Dublin's first goal in the 1976 decider and he scored 1-02 in the 1977 All-Ireland Final. In the 1978 final McCarthy was sent to the line along with Charlie Nelligan after an altercation leading to the surreal sight of Pat Spillane tending goal for the Kingdom for a spell.
His son James is a current member of the Dublin Senior Football Panel.
This photograph is from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. This unique collection is an educational resource and provides a basis for original research on the history of Dublin in the second half of the twentieth century.