(1982-), polo-player, was born on 21 February 1982 in
Buenos Aires, and is a fifth-generation Irish Argentine.
He completed his secondary education at San Martín de
Tours school and did a degree in Business Administration
at the Universidad Del Salvador. At the end of 2007, at
the age of 25, the Argentine Polo Association awarded him
the ten goals handicap, continuing a tradition of
outstanding Irish-Argentine polo players who attained the
highest handicap in the sport, which had begun with Juan
Traill in 1913.
He can trace
his Irish roots back to his great-grandfather, James
MacDonough, from County Sligo, who arrived in the River
Plate in 1865 and married Jane Watson from County Clare.
The MacDonoughs settled in the extended Pampas, initially
managing estancias and eventually becoming
substantial landowners themselves, as well as becoming
closely associated with the equine sector.
There is a long
polo-playing lineage in the family. Pablo’s father Jorge
is a former player himself, as well as being a qualified
Veterinary Surgeon. His grandfather Thomas Garrahan was
the owner of the estancia “La Espadaña”, which was
prominent in the development of polo. Garrahan was himself
the founder of a long line of polo-players. His
great-grandfather, James Garrahan, was considered a true
‘gaucho’. When he died, an obituary in The Southern
Cross (the oldest Irish newspaper printed in
Argentina) said of him: ‘It was rare to find a man of any
nationality who could throw the loop as dexterously and as
surely as “Don Santiago”’.
playing polo as a child in the ‘Nueva Escocia,’ training
centre in Pehuajó in Buenos Aires Province, under the
tutelage of the renowned former player, trainer and
breeder of polo horses, Eduardo ‘Gordo’ Moore. As part of
the ‘Nueva Escocia’ team he won the ‘Potrillos’ Cup, the
most prestigious worldwide tournament for
which takes place every December in the Club de Polo Los
Indios de San Miguel in Buenos Aires.
played in different teams during his teenage years. In
2001 he won the Chamber of Deputies Cup with his team ‘La
Irenita’, which included his brother Matías, Martín
Garrahan and Gonzalo Von Wernich. He joined his brother
Matías and second cousins Gonzalo Jr. and Facundo Pieres
to form the ‘Ellerstina’ team in 2003. They have won
almost every important competition, including the Tortugas
Open and Hurlingham Club Open. Although appearing in two
finals, the Argentine Open has eluded them to date. They
narrowly lost by 15-16 goals in the 2007 final against La
Dolfina. ‘Not yet’, said Pablo after the 2007 Argentine
Open, who after reaching two finals is looking forward to
his third opportunity.