Rising Star Profile: Tyrone U17 captain, Cormac Munroe, on moving forward…
Tyrone GAA are undoubtedly riding the crest of a wave again and the outstanding run of form being exhibited by the Senior team has created an unquenchable buzz of excitement across all corners of the county right now.
While the focus is naturally on the upcoming date with Dublin in Croke Park on 27th August, many are taking note that a first ever All Ireland U17 Football Championship semi final appearance is down for decision on Wednesday evening in Breffnin Park, Cavan. That contest will see Tyrone take on Meath in the semi final stages and huge interest surrounds this contest as it will be the first Under 17 All Ireland Championship in the new look grade!
This is a well regarded young Tyrone Under 17 squad but they face a huge assignment in Cavan on Wednesday night against a Meath side who look very much in the mould of the many successful Royal County sides from over the years. Added to that is the fact that Meath are one of the great traditional footballing counties and have a huge appetite for success back on the big stage and are building towards that goal now from this grade.
Tyrone’s young guns will go into a tough test and in captain, Carrickmore’s Cormac Munroe they have a ‘Rising Star’ in the GAA and Sporting World who is well aware of what it takes to win on the big stage. Cormac has tasted top successes with his club Carrickmore in the footballing arena but has also achieved the highest possible accolades on the GAA Handball stage with all Ireland and World championship success to his credit already.
We caught up with Cormac ahead of this latest big test for Tyrone GAA and our latest profile in our young Rising Stars series…
Good Luck to Tyrone on Wednesday evening!
Rising Star Profile: Cormac Munroe, Carrickmore
Football: Tyrone U16A Schools, U13 Cship, U16 & Minor Grade 1 Double League & Cship Titles, Tyrone U17 Ulster League & Cship
Handball: World Champion x 2, All Ireland, Ulster & County in Club, County & Schools
Hurling: U16 Cship, Minor League
Memories: Best memories with Carrickmore: winning Minor double (league & cship 2016)
Best/Worst sporting memory:
- Best – captaining Tyrone U17 Ulster League & Championship Titles
- Worst – exiting championship 1st round this year v Dungannon
You have reached the age of 75, are sitting in a ‘rocking chair’ and looking back at your life. What things would you be hoping to look back on positively that you have done in…
Sport – Win senior cship with club & achieved as much as possible GAA wise
Business/Career – Enough cash flow to comfortably enjoy life
Travel to – USA
Something extraordinary done: Parachute off Grand Canyon & swim with dolphins
Something you did in your community: Gave back to club…. coached underage in football, handball & hurling
Big ambition achieved: had the honour to represent club at senior level playing to best of my ability – 3 in a row would be ideal!!
Best 3 players you played with & best traits –
- Ciaran Daly… score/free taking
- Tiarnan Murray… workhouse
- Darragh Canavan …. accuracy
Best 3 played against – Daniel Millar, Darragh Canavagh, Peter Og McCartan
Best match involved in – Minor Cship final v Ardboe
Best football match you’ve seen: Tyrone v Kerry 2008 All Ireland
Training drill that you think “oh no”? Anything involving Long Sprints
Best training drill – Any shooting drills
Tyrone Academy best points – Getting to play with best players in county, top coaches & management, get a fair chance – improved as I need to keep pushing myself.
One thing you think will change in Gaelic football in next 10 years?
I’d like to see it change back to attacking football
Handball…. Tell us about
Your involvement in the sport…
I got involved through my coach Ryan Daly while at primary school..he was looking a few lads to play in the Cumann na Bunscoil (anything to get outta class!!) then bribed us into joining the club.
Best thing about the sport – hand & eye co-ordination, usage of both sides of body to compliment other sports. Obviously the social side of it too, have met friends for life!!
Best competition/event you played in & why: World Handball Cships, Calgary Canada 2015 – opportunity to play against top players from other countries in the World.
3 things really good about Carrickmore club – Great work being done at underage. Player welfare is a top priority. First class facitilites, coaches & supporters
Greatest memory watching your club: Winning senior league v Ardboe when Mickey Slane scored last minute goal
3 characters in club – Plunkett Daly, Ronan Mullan, Tommy McCallan
If you could be another club member for 1 wk/why…… Ruairi Slane – to know how to lick the managers arse!
What other sports/hobbies do you play or are involved in – what you like most about it?
Basketball, like breaking Jack McCallan’s ankles.
You are to go into the Big Brother House for 1 Week. Name 5 other people you would like to be in the Big Brother House with you and one reason why for each?
Tommy McCallan – for the hairy stories
Darragh Owens – his cooking skills
Conor Loughran (shorty) – to supply the beer
Ryan Daly – giving the orders
Collie Holmes – keep us all in shape!!
Put a name of someone you know to the characteristic below:
Confident – Ciaran Daly
Great craic – Daniel Millar
One Liners – Tommy McCallan
Scary – Chloe Munroe
Tough – D.L Darragh Loughran
Fast – Tommy Donaghy
Skillful – Jarleth Kerr
Genius – Ryan Curran
Trendsetter – Lochrann O’Donnghaile
Spitting Image – Tiarnan Murray, Carrickmore & Chesney (Coronation Street)
Gaelic football… Your choice…
U17 or U18 football – U18
Black Card or Sin Bin – SinBin
15 or 13 aside – 15
SkyTV or RTÉ – RTE
Stephen O’Neill or Peter Canavan – Peter Canavan
Aidan O’Shea or Conor McManus – Aidan O’Shea
Lee Keegan or Diarmuid Connolly – Lee Keegan
Joe Brolly or Pat Spillane – Joe Brolly
Winner All.Ireland Minor -Kerry
Winner All Ireland Senior – Tyrone
2017 Footballer of the Year – Peter Harte
2017 Minor Footballer of the Year – David Clifford, Kerry
Footballers – Peter Canavan, Ciaran McDonald, Michael Murphy
Players from Carrickmore – Conor Gormley, Jonnie Munroe, Big Oz
Players to play for Tyrone – Colm Kavanagh, Mark Bradley, Peter Harte
Sports – Gaelic, Handball, Hurling
Sportstars – Conor McGregor, Anthony Joshua, Mo Farah
Celebrities – Barry McElduff Keep er lit….Tiger Woods
Band/Singer – Christy Moore
TV show – Sunday Game, Prison Break
Movie – Never Back Down
Food – Pizza
Place for nite out – Gerry’s Niteclub, Carmen
Place (apart from home): Carmen GAA grounds
Sports venue – Croke Park
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter? – like them all
Inspirational Quote you like?
Rocky Balboa…”It aint about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward…”