Newstalk
Newstalk

20.13 7 Sep 2017


Share this article


"First and foremost and probably the most important man... this man should be here instead of me receiving this cup today. The name is Cormac McAnallen."   

Those are parts of the words of former Tyrone captain Brian Dooher during his acceptance speech after the county won the 2005 All Ireland Football final.

That day came 18 months after the tragic passing of former Tyrone captain Cormac McAnallen at the age of 24, who had been part of the 2003 All Ireland winning team.

The tributes that have been paid to McAnallen since 2004, including the naming of the International Rules Series trophy in his honour, evoke how well regarded he was and the impact he had on people far and wide. 

His brother Donal McAnallen has shared anecdotes and insights about Cormac in a book titled The Pursuit of Perfection: The Life, Death and Legacy of Cormac McAnallen and tonight he joined Dave on the show to share his memories.

Dave McIntyre, Kevin Kilbane and Will O'Callaghan remembered Cormac McAnallen on the Newsround:

The words "pursuit to perfection" in the title evoke the aspects of Cormac McAnallen's mindset in regards to extracting the absolute maximum from himself on and off the Gaelic football pitch, which he had shared in his diary and in charts which assessed his performances.

"He was so earnest and he really did want the best for everyone and sometimes you wonder did he try to do too much for everybody. Were we considerate enough of him?" said Donal of those aspects of the book, while also touching on some of the pressures that came with being an elite inter-county footballer.

You can listen to the full interview with Donal McAnallen right here.

"When you look back on it now and you see all the worries that he had that year, I can't help but wonder how these things play off each other, what sense do we make of them now, can you over-analyse it, did it have some part in his ultimate demise? It's not that we have no answers. We have a medical explanation," he said.  

Donal also read a poem that Cormac had written which poignantly looked to the future:


Share this article


Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Newstalk Breakfast

Newstalk Breakfast

07:00-09:00

Share

Up next

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on