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UCD Remembers Cormac McAnallen

Cormac McAnallen pictured during pre - match parade Dublin County Finals 2002.UCD 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 today. 

"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 learned.

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.

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