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Old 09-19-10, 08:02 AM   #1
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Default A REAL footballer.

He played for the love of the game.

He played for the love of his county (my county)

He was not paid for this honour.

He was an amateur like the others.

He was a REAL footballer.


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Just thought I would fill in a few more details with regard to my original post, for probably all of you who are not Irish have never heard of this guy, that was named Cormac McAnallen.

He was team captain of the Tyrone team that brought an All Ireland Football win to Tyrone (my county) for the first on 28th September 2003 in front of over 79,000 people at Croke Park, Dublin. I was lucky to be there that day. Sadly, within a few months of this historic win Cormac died suddenly despite the fact that he seemed the essence of perfect health.


As many would know in Gaelic circles Cormac was from Eglish, Co.Tyrone, a dedicated athlete, aspiring scholar, fluent Gaelic speaker and debater and school teacher. He was the essence of a natural born leader.
His tragic death stunned his family, close friends, everyone in Tyrone and in deed throughout the world of the GAA and Ireland. The cause of death was a rare heart defect. Cormac's family have committed a great deal of work towards research into this condition and raising awareness and funds for the installation of defibrillators in GAA and other sports clubs throughout Ireland.

No matter how healthy you are, God may have other plans for the fittest of us. As a doctor told me, "the heart gives no warning".
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