Dónal McAnallen on defending his brother Cormac's legacy

The tragic tale of Tyrone’s lost leader is captured in Dónal's touching new biography

Tyrone’s Cormac McAnallen lifts the Sam Maguire after the All-Ireland final victory over Armagh in 2003. ©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

Tyrone’s Cormac McAnallen lifts the Sam Maguire after the All-Ireland final victory over Armagh in 2003. ©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

There is a passage at the end of the 15th chapter of Dónal McAnallen’s book on his brother Cormac that jumps off the page like a spatter of oil from a hot pan.

It is March 2004 and Cormac’s funeral has just ended with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh giving a graveside recitation of Brendan Kane’s poem The Beautiful Game.

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