Jack McKenna
Personal information
Full nameJohnny McKenna
NicknameThe Irish Tower
Born (1942-03-10) 10 March 1942 (age 79)
Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
Home townNewbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
Darts information
Playing darts since1960
Darts18 Gram
Walk-on music"The Irish Rover" by The Pogues & The Dubliners
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO1974–2000, 2006–2007
BDO majors – best performances
World Ch'shipLast 16: 1990
World MastersQuarter Finals: 1974
PDC premier events – best performances
World Grand PrixLast 16: 2002
Other tournament wins
O'Shea Cup Mens Singles1994, 2000, 2003, 2004
Updated on 27 March 2019.

Johnny "Jack" McKenna (born 10 March 1942) is an Irish former professional darts player who played in British Darts Organisation (BDO) and Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) tournaments.[1]

Darts career

McKenna reached the quarter-finals of the inaugural Winmau World Masters in 1974. In 1989, he reached the final of the WDF World Cup, losing to Eric Bristow.

It was at the 1990 BDO World Darts Championship where McKenna become notorious within the game, as the man on the receiving end of the first nine-dart finish at the World Championship, achieved by Paul Lim of the United States. McKenna had earlier beaten Peter Evison in the first round before losing to Lim in the second round.

He returned to television in the 2002 PDC World Grand Prix, beating Cliff Lazarenko in the first round before losing to Phil Taylor. He returned to the event in 2004, but lost in the first round to Dennis Priestley.

McKenna tried to qualify for the 2008 BDO World Championship but lost in the very first round.[2]

World Championship results



  1. ^ Jack McKenna Darts Database; Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  2. ^ 2008 World Championship Qualifiers Darts Database; Retrieved 27 December 2010