Thursday 23 November 2017

Double duel serves as tribute to Cormac

SHOULD old acquaintance be forgot: Auld Lang Syne will be ringing out across Páirc Ciceam next Saturday.

The footballing double-bill will honour an Irish sporting icon, Cormac McAnallen (pictured).

The McAnallen family will be present for the event which will help in the ongoing promotion of SADS -- Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

The Cormac McAnallen Gaelic Club was formed in Sydney, Australia, to remember the wonderful Tyrone footballer.

So many Irish people played for the club when they were in Australia. Saturday marks a reunion for those who are now back home.

The Cormac McAnallen ladies will play the St Sylvester's selection at 2.0. And at 3.30, the Cormac McAnallen men will play the Ballymun Kickhams' selection.

There will also be a social gathering on Saturday night, and the famed Copper Face Jacks have come on board as kind sponsors.

Shane Treanor is on the organising committee. He's from Dungannon. He's the GPO for Round Towers, Lusk.

"It's a chance for all former players of the Cormac McAnallen club to catch up again and also to raise funds for the Cormac McAnallen Trust," he explains.

"A lot of us haven't met up in a while. I really enjoyed my time there. We won the Championship in 2008. The standard of football is high.

"And it's getting better all the time, especially with so many from Ireland heading to Australia.

"The club is going from strength to strength. I heard there were 55 out training the other night."

They have a new jersey (sponsored by Taste Ireland) and the club website is first-class -- www.cormacmcanallengac.com

Shane is predicting two quality games, but says that the post-match Saturday-game debate will leave Pat Spillane in the shade.

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