Tommy McConville

Affectionately known as “Tommy Mac”, he is absolutely everything a local legend should be.
819 appearances, 579 of these with Dundalk FC. 6 International caps. Three times Dundalk player of the year winner, The Soccer Writers Personality of the Year in 81/82, 4 league titles, 3 FAI cups, 2 league cups, FAI cup hall of famer.
Tommy played against Pele, Maradona, Kenny Daglish among other superstars. Tommy Mac was Dundalk’s superstar, the greatest player born in Dundalk, bar none.
Born on the 19th March 1946, Tommy and his brothers were all highly talented sportsmen. He made his first Dundalk appearance in 1964, however, it wasn’t until the 67/68 season that he really stamped his authority in a Dundalk shirt.
Financial crisis meant that Dundalk had to shed themselves of some talent in 72/73. Tommy Mac joined up with Waterford, winning his first league of Ireland title in his very first season. Interest from Manchester United soon followed, Waterford rejected a bid, the move never materialised.

The off-season saw Tommy play his ball in North America. Twice with Washington Diplomats, and one season with New York Apollos.
The 75/76 season saw Tommy return home to Oriel Park, where the club dominated Irish football for the next 8 years under the guidance of Jim McLoughlin.
75/76 League winners. 76/77 FAI cup winners. 78/79 League & FAI cup double winners, also reaching the last 16 of the European cup, losing narrowly to Celtic.

The trend continued, silverware was never far from Tommy’s hands.
Although his Dundalk career came to a close at the end of 85/86, he continued to play football at a high level with Newry Town until age 42, and won a Dundalk Summer League medal aged 47.
Amazingly, there was a gap of 28 years between his very first appearance for Dundalk, and his final game for Bank Rovers in 1993.

Sadly Tommy passed away in 25 October 2013 aged 67.
Tommy Mac lived and breathed football, and the people of Dundalk rightfully adored him. His legendary status not only in Dundalk, but across the whole country, will live forever.
Tommy McConville - Dundalk FC legend