Thursday 19 October 2017

'He will be sorely missed' – All-Ireland winners and party leaders among those to pay tribute to John Corcoran

John Corcoran during the Higher Education Championships Draw in Croke Park last month
John Corcoran during the Higher Education Championships Draw in Croke Park last month

Declan Wholey

Tributes continue to pour in for former Cork football selector John Corcoran, with Billy Morgan claiming the "very knowledgeable" man will be sorely missed.

The GAA community in Cork remains in mourning following the news yesterday that one of the county's stalwarts had passed away suddenly.

The popular St Mary’s clubman, finished his term as Carbery chairman in December, filled numerous roles within Cork GAA over the years.

Corcoran was a selector for Cork footballer manager Billy Morgan between 2005-07 and, in more recent times, acted as part of his management team at UCC helping to guide them to Sigerson Cup triumphs in 2011 and 2014.

"Shocked at the very sad passing of John Corcoran-the personification of Cork Football-knowledgeable, witty and so committed," Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin posted on his Twitter account.

Kerry forward Paul Geaney, an All-Ireland winner in 2014 with the Kingdom, played under Corcoran at UCC and paid tribute to the deceased coach.

"Devastating news to get of the passing of John Corcoran. A gentleman I'm blessed to have shared great times with. Rest in peace my friend."

Morgan too added his fond memories of Corcoran.

"John was a great guy, he was really brilliant," he told The Examiner.

“His advice was always highly valued and there was never any bias, trying to get fellas on or off the team based on where they were from. He’ll be sorely missed, we loved having him around.”

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