Friday’s Child - Tommy McCallion

Tommy McCallion.
Tommy McCallion.

This week’s Friday’s Child Tommy McCallion who says he has “finally arrived, to be Friday’s Child having read so many over the years!” Some will know Tommy as someone who once played football with a number of clubs, including Derry City. Others will know him through his work with Derry City Council and he currently works in Templemore Sports Complex. He is married to Michelle and they have 3 children, Sean aged 13, Molly aged 10 and Tom aged 7.

How would you describe yourself?

Tommy as a boy.

Tommy as a boy.

I would like to think I was loyal, hard-working and generous.

Happiest childhood memory?

Spending my days in Bull Park with my lifelong friends or watching summer cups with my father.

What was your first job?

I remember working in my uncle’s butcher shop bagging spuds when I was in primary school, but I was fortunate enough to earn a part time living as a footballer for many years starting with my first club, Coleraine FC.

Favourite book?

Growing up I was always a Roald Dahl fan and ‘Danny The Champion of The World’ was my favourite book but I wouldn’t describe myself as a keen reader now.

Favourite film?

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.

Favourite television programme?

Any news or current affairs programmes.

Favourite expression?

‘Long runs the fox’.

Favourite method of relaxation?

I find running is my way of relaxing and de-stressing.

Favourite holiday destination?


Who would you most like to meet?

If I could meet anyone it would have to be the opportunity to spend another day with my grandparents.

What makes you angry?

Modern politics and journalism.

What makes you happy?

My family.

What human quality do you most admire?


What human quality do you least admire?

Jealousy and spitefulness.

What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?

Has to be the first morning of my honeymoon when I drove to the wrong airport! Thankfully, we made it to the other airport on time.

What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?

The death of my grandparents remains with me.

What is your greatest fear?

To not be able to watch my children grow up.

What has been the high point of your life to date?

Easily the birth of my 3 special and beautiful children.

How would you like to be remembered?

As a good role model and father.

What is your most treasured possession?

My children.

If you won the lotto what would you do with it?

Take care of my family then donate to the Foyle Hospice.

If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?

Health and happiness.

If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?

Gone for now.