Mac’s Pele jersey a big winner for Hospice

Eoin Lennon (right) and Moira Ryan (centre) of AV Direct who purchased the Pele NY Cosmos jersey for the Tommy McConville fundraising event receiving the shirt from committee members Pat McGuirk, Dot Neary and Gerry Duffy
The auction of the late, great Tommy McConville’s New York Comsos jersey has raised €1,000 for the North Louth Hospice.

The auction of the late, great Tommy McConville’s New York Comsos jersey has raised €1,000 for the North Louth Hospice.

‘Mac’ had been cared for by the Hospice before his sad passing last year after a battle with illness.

The winner of the jersey auction was local man Eoin Lennon of AV Direct with a bid of €1,000 which means that the famous piece of footballing memorabilia will remain local within the town.

The New York Cosmos jersey is that of Brazilian striker Pele, the famous number 10 who many consider to be the greatest footballer that the game has ever produced.

McConville moved to the United States of America to ply his trade in the North American Soccer League (NASL) for two years with the Washington Diplomats before returning to enjoy a lengthy and successful spell with his hometown club.

It was during his time in the American capital that he came up against Pele in a league encounter for his Diplomats against the Cosmos, a game in which ‘Mac’ marked the Brazilian and kept him scoreless.

The signed jersey was in possession of a close friend of Tommy Mac’s, Paul Docherty who resides in Glasgow and he gladly parted with the framed and signed jersey to help raise funds for the North Louth Hospice.

Tommy will be further honoured next month with the Annual Tommy Mac Golf Classic which will take place in the Ballymascanlon Golf Club on June 7 followed by a dance in the Lisdoo afterwards with entrance of €10.

Tees and greens can be sponsored for €50 each.