Book of condolences to open for Teddy McCarthy

A book of condolences for the late Teddy McCarthy is to open at City Hall this morning.

It will be opened by Lord Mayor Cllr Deirdre Forde, who has described him as a giant in the rich sporting tradition of the city and county and says his legend will live on.

The Book of Condolences will be available for signing by members of the public at City Hall from 11:30 a.m. today and will be open from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a period of two weeks.

Speaking to RedFM News, County Board Chairman Marc Sheehan says McCarthy’s passing is devastating news for the Cork GAA community.

“It’s most dreadful and sad news that came through yesterday evening, and Teddy’s legacy is huge in GAA circles right throughout the world, but particularly here in Cork where he made a huge contribution to Sars and Glanmire and to Cork.

“That great period from 1986 to 1990 where he won four All Ireland medals in that time, and obviously 1990, the jewel in the crown as it were, where he would be immortalised forever for that huge feat of winning two All Irelands within two weeks of each other.

“He was such a central figure in those teams.

“The news came through at our County Board meeting last night, and it’s safe to say that the mood of the delegates, we were numbed when we heard of his passing, especially so quickly after it seemed that he was in the fullest of health at our great victory in Thurles on Sunday.

“We send our condolences to his family, and to his clubs, and he will be sorely missed.”

GAA reporter with the Echo Denis Hurley told RedFM News that it’s highly unlikely that McCarthy’s feat of two All Ireland medals in the same year will ever be seen again.

“You think of the greats, JBM – everyone knows who you’re talking about. If someone says Roy, you don’t need to ask a surname and the same thing – Teddy Mac. No one is going to be wondering it’s Teddy McSweeney or anything like that – there’s only one Teddy Mac.

“He had a record that could match anyone, and then he had that one unique record and I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say it won’t be matched. Another county may do a double in the future perhaps, but I don’t think there’s any chance there’ll be a dual player winning the two medals in the one year.

“Whatever happens he has that place in history, and for that reason he’ll always be talked about as long as GAA is talked about.”


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