Tom O'Connor


Tom O'Connor Info

Role: Reporter

Start Date: Aug. 1, 2015, 7 p.m.


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Dundalk based reporter following the league since Monaghan United’s goalless draw against Athlone Town in 1996. Live Updater in 2015 and 2016 as well as providing many Under 17 and Under 19 match reports and sections for the ET Sportscast. Since 2017 I’ve been continuing the underage reports and some interviews on the podcast.

This year I’ve concentrated my efforts on producing a series of articles with many personalities throughout the league and beyond to promote the importance of continuing education while developing a soccer career. This is an ongoing project!

By day I’m a primary school teacher while I also contribute to the Dundalk FC Matchday Magazine and have a major interest in statistics. (Moreso those of an unusual makeup)

Tom O'Connor's Articles

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League Preview: Dundalk -v- Cork City

Dundalk entertain Cork City at Oriel Park on Monday night in the first set of double fixture weekends of the new season

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Soccer and Study in Sligo- A Synopsis

On Tuesday afternoon (18th Feb), IT Sligo defeated Waterford IT in the CFAI Cup semi-final in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory which was inspired by the substitutions of a couple of Sligo Rovers players who are also studying at the college.

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WIT Vikings aiming to plunder new territory

WIT is an institution which is hoping to compete with the more traditional colleges, such as IT Carlow, NUI Maynooth and UCD, when it comes to recruiting and development of young footballers

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Here's to Conan

While there are those in the league who may mourn his departure from the league after such an incredible journey, Mourneview Park is where to see him ply his trade now

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Galway chief Murphy ready to lead his Tribesmen further this season

Tom O'Connor speaks to Galway United boss Alan Murphy

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The Canadian Connection

Let’s start the journey in New Zealand where Sacramento spent the winter period after negotiating a release from his home club, Valour FC of Winnipeg

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Carlow, College, Cups and Careers

In soccer, there have been many students to excel in the League of Ireland including Gary Shaw (St Pat’s, Shamrock Rovers and currently Bray), Micheál Schlingermann (Drogheda, Sligo and currently at Galway), others are playing in England and have been ...

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Dundalk 7 - 1 UCD: Four things we learned

It may have been the first pre-season friendly of 2020 for Dundalk but there were still a few things which happened on a bitterly cold night at Oriel Park which may provide an glimpse into the season to come for ...

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Buckley continues to blood in the land of Benbulben

Tom O'Connor takes a look at the latest goings on at Sligo Rovers in recent years

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Book Review: C'mon The Town - A Dundalk FC Miscellany by Jim Murphy

It’s a book that you won’t find hovering near the top of the charts nor a plethora of sports journalists pontificating about its merits – but it deserves to be part of the conversation, even now, such is its unique ...

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Young Irish Canaries Primed for Flight

If things go to plan, Steve Weaver and Stuart Webber could be the men responsible for backboning the success of the Republic of Ireland senior football team in the decade to come. Who? Why? And what am I on about? ...

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Meet Cork City's new recruit - Liam Bossin

So, in order to save you some googling, this a background on Cork City's newest goalkeeping recruit

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Tom O'Connor: The time for unity is now

‘My guess is that if the FAI goes, the League of Ireland goes'. Shane Ross Minister of Sport and Tourism December 2019.

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Parents - It's never too late to educate

If, as the majority of parents, you want to find out more, in order to make a more informed decision then the inaugural Irish Soccer Parents Conference could be for you

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We need to talk about Alan

We are going to go against the general grain here and say we should be talking about Alan Mannus.

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Book Review: One Night in Dudelange by Kevin Burke

However, back in the summer of 2015, things were different, much different. University College Dublin, an educational institution based in South Dublin and famed for producing technically strong players had won a place in the Europa League Qualifying Round thanks ...

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First teams and college dreams - a data-based look at the players from the opening elite underage leagues

First teams and college dreams- A data based look at the players from the opening Elite Underage Leagues

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Galway's Project DNA - Was 2019 the first sign of a Tribal revival?

Having cut his teeth managing the Under 17s as well as the Connacht Schoolboys over the past five years, Murphy – along with his trusty backroom staff of brother Kevin and Keith McTigue- was well aware of the challenges facing ...

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An indepth comparison of the European co-efficient: How close are Dundalk to making a breakthrough in Europe?

Having just watched Dundalk thump Finn Harps 5-0 to take a commanding lead at the top of the Premier Division, a league they have won four out of the previous five years, with an EA Cup semi-final to come (another ...

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Book review: CONIFA - Football for the forgotten by James Hendicott

This book, written by Irish based Englishman James Hendicott, details the story of 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup through an eclectic mix of match reports and histories of how the various teams ended up playing in the tournament

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From Longford to the British Virgin Islands - The Darren McGarry Story

In another piece regarding education,'s Tom O Connor interviews the former Longford Town U19 goalkeeper and U19 Head Coach who was video analyst for Tom Mohan's Under 19s before landing the U15 Head Coach in the British Virgin Islands

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Education: Life Beyond Soccer -- #17 Amber Barrett

The Republic of Ireland and Peamount United star tells Tom O'Connor about how hard work and a focus on education have helped her achieve her dreams.

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Meet the Ireland under-21 squad for the Toulon Tournament

Stephen Kenny takes charge of the Republic of Ireland at a tournament for the first time this week as his Under 21 charges compete at the Toulon Tournament

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'It seems like the children have been left behind in all this' - Dundalk stars back Knocklyon United's campaign to save their pitches

The situation that faces Knocklyon United is of tremendous importance to football in the area, the prospect of losing a portion of their playing fields to accommodate a prospective housing scheme.

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Time for Shields

Casio, Seiko, TAG Heuer. All know the importance of accurate timing. In the League of Ireland, Dundalk appear to share a similar trait over the past six seasons or so. Their league title successes of 2015, 2016 and 2018 were ...

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