R.I.P Tommy McConville

Everyone at Newry City AFC is greatly saddened to hear of the death of former Newry Town defender Tommy McConville.

We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to all the McConville Family.

Tommy, capped six times at full International Level by the Republic of Ireland, was a true legend with his hometown club Dundalk and was in the twilight of his remarkable career when Player Manager Matt Bradley signed him for The Town.

Tommy was 41years old at the time but age didn’t prevent him making a total of thirty appearances for Newry during the 1987-88 and 88-89 seasons and winning a number of Man of The Match Awards in the process.

His name however was synonymous with his local club Dundalk and he starred for “The Lilywhites” over a 21 year period making a record total of 580 appearances in two different spells at Oriel Park.
Whilst at Dundalk he was a key figure in teams that won three LOI championship titles, three FAI cups, and many other honours.
He also won a League title with Waterford FC and had spells with Bangor (when Newry Man Teddie Harte was manager), Shamrock Rovers, Finn Harps, Washington Diplomats, and New York Apollos.

Tommy was a magnificent ball playing defender or wing back who did not rely on brute force. He stood out as a player in the League of Ireland, or the Irish league wherever he played, or indeed in the major stadiums of Europe or North and South America.

After departing from Newry Town he continued to turn out in in the Dundalk summer league collecting league honours in 1992 with Park Celtic and at the ripe old age of 47 years was a part of the Bank Rovers (Dundalk) team that qualified for the 1993 FAI cup.