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Brendan McAnallen: Tributes to Tyrone dad who became health campaigner after GAA star son Cormac’s death

Tribute was paid to a Co Tyrone man who spent years fighting to save others after his son died of an undiagnosed heart condition.

Rendan McAnallen died peacefully at his home near Dungannon on Wednesday, aged 77.

His son Cormac was a Tyrone GAA star but tragically died in 2004.

It inspired Mr McAnallen to set up the Cormac Trust in his memory, which raised awareness of sudden cardiac death among young people.

It worked to encourage the use of health screening and provide defibrillators to sports clubs across Ireland.

A family statement said he was a loving husband, brother, devoted father and honored grandfather to Bridget.

This Sunday at 11am there will be a requiem mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Eglish, followed by burial in the adjacent cemetery.

Among those paying tribute were members of Queen’s GAA Past Members Union.

An online statement read: “Brendan has been a good friend and supporter of Queen’s Club, particularly during the times when his sons Dónal and the late Cormac played and were celebrity members for QUB, and in recent years when we have the Cormac McAnallen Medal Award.”

“He and his company ARDMAC were our sponsors for the 1999 and 2000 Sigerson Cup campaigns. Brendan and his wife Bridget were instrumental in establishing the Cormac Trust and other initiatives to honor the memory of their son Cormac following his early death in the year honor in 2004. ”

Sinn Fein MP for Mid Ulster Francie Molloy also said he was “shocked and regretted” to hear of Mr McAnallen’s death.

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