Director of Sport Brian Mullins this morning expressed shock and
sympathy in response to news of the untimely death overnight of Cormac
McAnallen former UCD GAA Scholar and current Tyrone Captain.
"Cormac was a GAA scholarship
student at UCD from 2002 to 2003. His sudden death has shocked both
those of us at UCD who knew him personally through his starring role
with UCD Gaelic Football and the entire College community. The hearts of
all of us at UCD go out to his fiancée, family, team mates and friends
at this time."
Dave Billings, Director of Gaelic Games
at UCD paid the following moving tribute to Cormac McAnallen earlier
"The GAA community is in mourning for one of the modern greats of our
game, Cormac McAnallen. We all know of his great prowess on the field of play, his
leadership ability, his great achievements, but we in UCD who were
privileged to know him, also remember him as a really great person off the field of play who contributed greatly to
our College and inspired all who came in contact with him.
Cormac was a decent honest individual who lived for the game and for his family, he had the great gift of
"presence" he did not have to say much but when he did everyone stopped, listened and
We envied Queens University when he played for them and we were so honoured when he came to UCD for his postgraduate studies. No words
can express our grief, no words of ours can comfort his fiancée, his
parents, his siblings and his Club, County and all those who were
honoured to know him.
The word legend is overused in modern sport - but Cormac was a real legend. The word professional is ascribed to those who earn their
living from sport. Cormac was a professional in all aspects of his life but got his reward not in money but in achievement and pride.
We shall remember him as a person, a man and not just a footballer."
"Cinnte ni fheicfimid a leithéid arís."
2, March 2004.