Two GAA legends' anniversaries fall on this day

March 02, 2018

GAA legends Christy Ring and Cormac McAnallen.

Today marks the 39th and 14th anniversaries of the deaths of Christy Ring and Cormac McAnallen.

Widely regarded as the greatest hurler of all-time, Cork legend Ring died after suffering a massive heart attack on this day in 1979. He was aged 58.

Tyrone Gaels are also remembering Cormac McAnallen who died suddenly on March 2, 2004 from a rare viral infection of the heart. Aged just 24, he had captained the Red Hands to a comfortable McKenna Cup final victory over Donegal in Ballybofey just eight days earlier.

In his short life, Cormac skippered Tyrone to All-Ireland minor and U21 glory in 1998 and 2000 respectively, and also won a Sigerson Cup medal with Queen's University in 2000. 

He was honoured with the Young Footballer of the Year award in 2001 before going on to win Allianz League and All-Ireland senior honours with his county two years later. He also received an All Star award in 2003 and represented Ireland in the International Rules series.

Following his death, the cup that is presented to the winning team in the International Rules series was named after Cormac. In January 2005, the Cormac McAnallens GAC was also founded in Sydney, Australia.

It goes without saying that both men are much missed in the GAA.

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