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List of Gaelic footballers who died during their careers

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Cormac McAnallen died at the age of 24 in 2004, less than six months after winning the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

This is a list of Gaelic footballers who died during their careers. These deaths occurred either during a game or due to illness, accident, acts of violence or suicide.

Deaths of active players[edit]

This is a list of notable deaths in Gaelic football and untimely deaths of active Gaelic footballers.

Player Age County Club Position Cause of death Year
Andrew Corden 24 Carlow O'Hanrahan's Full back Forklift accident[1] 2002
Cormac McAnallen 24 Tyrone Eglish St Patrick's Full back/midfield Sudden adult death syndrome[2] 2004
Robbie McCallion 29 Mayo Swinford ? Injuries[3] 2009
Philip McGuinness 26 Leitrim Mohill Forward Head injury[4][5][6] 2010

See also[edit]


  1. "Inquest into death of Andrew Corden opens". 2 August 2002.
  2. Young, Connla (6 September 2017). "Mystery of tragic Tyrone captain Cormac McAnallen's last texts". The Irish News. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. McDonald, Brian (14 April 2009). "Heartbroken town salutes as Robbie 'gets transfer home'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 April 2009. He had played for Swinford GAA Club since his under-10 days and wherever he was, he would return to train with his friends and wear the parish colours. Just two days before his death he had returned to Swinford to train with his team-mates and had commented that he had never felt as fit.
  4. "Leitrim GAA player Phillip McGuinness passes away". RTÉ Sport. 2010-04-19. Archived from the original on 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-04-20. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Leitrim GAA player dies of head injury". The Irish Times. 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  6. "Tragedy on the field of play". Irish Independent. 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2010-04-20.

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