Portrait of Dundalk FC legend Tommy McConville donated to County Museum
A portrait of the late Dundalk sporting legend Tommy McConville has been generously handed over to the County Museum, Dundalk.
The painting by Michael Gavan Duffy was auctioned in aid of the North Louth Hospice and Homecare Foundation, in memory of the legendary Dundalk footballer who passed away last October
The painting was successfully purchased for €440 by a group of friends headed by Tony O’Kane and Bill Elliot.
They then approached museum curator, Brian Walsh, with a view to donating the painting to the Museum.
Brian explains: “Tony and Bill came to me saying they wanted to put the painting somewhere that the public, and future generations in particular, would realise Tommy’s legendary contribution to Dundalk FC.
“From a Museum perspective, I accepted the offer straightaway. Tommy McConville was a sportsman of iconic status in Dundalk. His contribution to Dundalk FC – perhaps the town’s flagship sporting organisation – was immense and it is only fitting that his portrait will feature in the Museum in many ways in the years ahead.”
The 50cm x 70cm canvas will now be included in the County Museum Art Collection. This means that it will not be housed in a specific exhibition but will feature in many displays in the Museum’s future.
“We feel that the best way to remember Tommy in the years ahead will be to include the portrait in both Dundalk and sports-related exhibitions.
“In doing so, we will be reminding many visitors of Tommy’s contribution to his hometown and will also hopefully be bringing his story to new audiences in the future, those who may not have been lucky enough to have seen his brilliance on the pitch.”