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    • CommentAuthorMurrough
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2006 edited
    Congratulations on getting the Cormac McAnallen Trust Forum up and running.

    Cormac Mac Nailín was a true sporting legend from county Tir Eoghan, winning just about every 'Peil Ghaelach' accolade imaginable.

    Cormac captained Tyrone to an All-Ireland Minor Football victory in 1998. Two years later in 2000 he won a Sigerson Cup title with Queen's University and later he won an All-Ireland Under 21 title with Tyrone.

    In 2001, Cormac was named "Young Footballer of the Year", before joining the senior Tyrone panel. He was a key member of the Tyrone team that won the National Football League and the Football Championship in 2003 for the first time in the county's century-long history of partipating in Gaelic Games. Coram also played on Ireland's International Rules team in October 2003. This led to him receiving his first All Star award in 2003.

    Tragically, Cormac McAnallen died suddenly on March 2, 2004 from a rare viral infection of the heart. His untimely death deeply affected the Tyrone team and the world of Gaelic Games as a whole, and myself. Just over a week before his death, Cormac captained the Tyrone side that won the Dr. McKenna Cup after an overwhelming victory over Donegal at Ballybofey.

    In 2004 the "Cormac McAnallen Cup", the cup that Ireland and Australia play for in the International Rules series, was named in his honour. In January 2005, the Cormac McAnallens GAC was also founded in Sydney, Australia.

    In 2005, when Tyrone won their 2nd All Ireland football championship, Brian Dooher, the captain of Tyrone, dedicated the victory in Cormac's name in his acceptance speech up in the Hogan Stand. Dooher said that Cormac [i]should have been standing here instead of me [/i]and went on to say, as a tearful team manager Mickey Harte had previously done only minutes before, that Cormac immediately stated after he had been appointed captain that he had not wished the success achieved in 2003 to be his last with the county. The tens of thousands of Tyrone fans that where on the pitch after Tyrone won the match then began to chant Cormac's name on what was an intensely emotional day for all those involved in Gaelic Games in Tyrone.

    May Cormac's memory last forever! Such an amazing player, sadly taken at tender age at the height of his prime in football prowess.

    You will be sadly missed Cormac, may your spirit linger on!

    Murrough Ó Catháin.

    Also see: (Scroll down below the first four boxes on this page, to see the entries)
    • CommentAuthorGuest
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2006
    As a guy of Cormac's age, and a follower of the Gaelic game and his successful yet fledgling career his tragic death touched me big time. I remember finding out just before a university lecture, and was gutted!

    Great to see the effort that is being made here. If you only make people aware of cardiac then that alone is more than worthwhile!

    All the best with it.

    Rest In Peace Cormac.

    • CommentAuthorBIGMAC
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2006
    the best of luck with the site,a fitting tribute to one of the true gents of the game
    • CommentAuthorbeenymc
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2006 edited
    well done for getting the cormac trust up and running this will keep cormac alive forever!!!! :D Cormac mc anallen 4eva!!!!! R.I.P.

    • CommentAuthorbmackerry
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2006
    Words cant describe how I felt when this young man was snatched away.

    He broke alot of Kerry hearts in more ways than one.

    He was a true sportsman.

    His spirit and legacy will linger on.

    RIP Cormac.

    Well done with the site guys.

    Even though the journey will be long I look forward to one of these banquets.

    Maybe we might have one down here???.
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