Rising Star Profile: Tyrone U17 captain, Cormac Munroe, on moving forward…

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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!

Rising star Profile with Carrickmore’s Cormac Munroe

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.

Cormac Munroe receives the Ulster Under 17 League Cup as Tyrone Captain bac in March 2017

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

Achievements:

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)

Carrickmore, Minor Grade 1 double champioons 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

Pictured with first cousin, Jonathan Munroe, and their Teamtalkmag all Star Awards in 2015

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.

Celebrating Under 17 Ulster League success with Tyrone. The team followed up with Ulster championship success in June

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.

Cahir Munore, Clodagh Munore and Cormac Munroe with their World championship medals in 2015 in Canada

Club Life…

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.

In action on the GAA Handball court and talking to coach, Ryan Daly and father, Gerard, during the game

FOR FUN……

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 footballU18

Black Card or Sin BinSinBin

15 or 13 aside15

SkyTV or RTÉ – RTE

Stephen O’Neill or Peter CanavanPeter Canavan

Aidan O’Shea or Conor McManusAidan O’Shea

Lee Keegan or Diarmuid Connolly – Lee Keegan

Joe Brolly or Pat Spillane – Joe Brolly

My tips:

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

My favourites:

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…”

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