Thomas P. “Tommy” McGivern, a leading Irish jump jockey in the 1970s and 1980s who came to the United States and trained for several years, died Tuesday after a short illness in his native Ireland. He was 62.
He began his jump-racing career in the 1970s and fell just short of a championship in the nid-1980s. He came to the United States to work for Tom Voss and began training on his own in 1995. His Maryland stable included both flat and steeplechase horses. According to Equibase, he had 33 wins from 470 starts, with earnings of $591,945.
He returned to his native County Meath after the 2006 season.
Father of Noel, Maggie, and Katie, he also is survived by his sisters, Maura and Ann, and grandchildren Eva, Tom, Frankie, and Zara.
He will be in repose at Finlay’s Funeral Home, Ardee, on Thursday. A funeral mass limited to family members will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, and the mass will be live-streamed on the Drumconrath Parish’s Facebook page. The family suggests donations to Cancer Research Ireland in lieu of flowers.