Our History and Ethos

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Cormac with Sam Maguire

Cormac, with Sam Maguire held aloft, in 2003.

Since it’s inception Cormac McAnallen’s GAC has striven to represent the legacy of Cormac to the utmost, by committing to success and sportsmanship in equal measures. Following his tragic passing, a group of Sydney gaels decided a GAA club should be set up to honor his name.

The Club was officially launched in Sydney at the Tyrone Association of Sydney’s annual Gala Ball in 2005, starting out by entering a Men’s gaelic football team, to the NSW GAA league and championship. However, it didn’t take long for the club to grow, and as a result our camogie team was formed in 2007. We further expanded to form a ladies football team in ’08 and most recently, in 2012 we added a hurling team to the Club makeup, completing the four GAA codes available in NSW GAA.

In 2012, the Club played host to  an iconic GAA figure, Mickey Harte. This trip was in tribute to the man who has delivered so much for Tyrone GAA, but also to strengthen the links between the Club and the GAA at home in  Ireland.

Club Vision

It is the Club’s wish to respectfully remember Cormac, along with his family and the wider GAA community. The McAnallen family outlined their wishes for the Club in 2005, in a heartfelt letter delivered at the Club launch. This letter highlighted the aspects of Cormac’s character and qualities dear to him, that the Club should represent. The McAnallen family’s strong Gaelic tradition and in particular their aspiration for us to represent all the positive aspects of Irish culture and not just football, has inspired us to stretch ourselves and fulfill their wishes and formed the basis for the Club’s Vision and Aims.

Club Mission

To promote Gaelic Games in Australia and strive for sporting excellence on the field, whilst creating a family-like environment that is safe, fun and welcoming for everyone.

Club Objectives

  • To honour Cormac’s name in a dignified and positive way; i.e. Sporting excellence and a winning spirit.
  • To promote the spirit and growth of Gaelic games and culture outside of Ireland.
  • To assist the McAnallen family and their charities by increasing the awareness of this heart condition.
  • To act as a contact point and social network for those arriving in Australia for the first time and for those staying longer term.