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Tyrone forward Cathal McShane told of granny's death after team's win

Cathal McShane learned of his grandmother's death soon after Saturday's final whistle. Picture by Philip Walsh

THE TRIUMPH of Saturday's Super 8 victory for Tyrone's footballers was tainted for forward Cathal McShane who learned of his grandmother's death minutes after the final whistle.

The popular 24-year-old Owen Roes' player was looking forward to celebrating his team's emphatic win over Rosscommon at Croke Park when he was told of his 91-year-old paternal grandmother's passing.

Bridget McShane, originally from Tory Island off the Donegal coast, is believed to have died five minutes before Saturday's throw-in.

However, news of her death, which came after a short illness, only reached a tearful Cathal after he helped Mickey Harte's men secure a 4-24 to 2-12 victory.

Mrs McShane (née Duggan) was the mother of seven children, including Cathal's father Michael, who was at Croke Park alongside his wife Theresa.

The Glenmornan woman, who outlived her late husband Patrick, will be buried tomorrow following Requiem Mass sat St Joseph's Church, Glenmornan.

Officials and players from Owen Roes and Tyrone GAA are expected to be among the mourners.

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