HE might be well-known as the voice of soccer on ESPN in America, but Tommy Smyth is also a proud GAA man.
So much, that the Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York has announced that Tommy will be the Guest of Honour at their 2011 Banquet.
It is the latest in a long list of honours for the Knockbridge native as was famously the Grand Marshall of the 2008 St Patrick’s Day Parade.
The GAA banquet is set to take place at Springfield Boulevard, Queens Village on Saturday, March 26.
Tommy has had an involvement in the New York GAA as a player, manager, selector and commentator for close to five decades.
He joined the Louth Football Club in the early sixties, and his initial foray into Gaelic games was his most successful, as Louth won the B Division football championship. Despite playing for the following four decades, success on the field eluded both Tommy and the Louth club.
However it was not as a footballer, or as a mentor, that Tommy made his name, but as the voice of Gaelic Park and in that role he honed the skills that have stood him in such good stead since he joined ESPN.
Long a member of the St Brides Football Club in Knockbridge, Tommy also developed an appreciation for soccer through accompanying his father and brother watch Dundalk play at Oriel Park.
Tommy’s outstanding broadcasting skills were recognized by the television industry when he was presented the prestigious “Telly Award” in 2005 and he has added four more since.
He has received five Emmy nominations for his work on WNBC TV4’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade coverage and currently, he is involved in one of ESPN’s top rated TV shows, ESPN’s Soccernet Press Pass.
Aside from his professional involvement in sport Tommy continues to be involved in amateur sport as a mentor as he is the President of the Ireland Copa NY soccer team.