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GAA figures to support launch events for Cormac McAnallen book

Former Tyrone star Cormac McAnallen died in March 2014
Connla Young

TYRONE manager Mickey Harte is to help launch a new book on the life of All-Ireland winner Cormac McAnallen.

The Pursuit of Perfection – The Life, Death and Legacy of Cormac McAnallen has been written by his older brother Dónal.

Mr Harte was in charge when Cormac helped Tyrone win the county's first All Ireland senior football title in 2003.

The 24-year-old, who was also awarded an Allstar for his performance, died just months later from a rare heart condition.

The book reveals previously unknown details about his life and sudden death.

A series of launches have been organised across the north and are expected to attract some of the biggest names in Gaelic football.

The first event will take place tonight in Mr McAnallen's native Eglish, near Dungannon, where Tyrone great Peter Canavan will launch the book about his former teammate at CLG Naomh Padraig at 8pm.

Mr Harte is expected to be in attendance at a separate event at the Tyrone GAA Centre, Garvaghey, at 8pm on Sunday.

Another launch will take place at the Great Hall at Queen's University Belfast at 6.15pm on Wednesday September 13.

Former Armagh star Enda McNulty and Dessie Ryan, who managed Queen's to double Sigerson Cup success, will both help promote the book.

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