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Cormac aiming to raise heart funds

CORMAC RYAN is a first-class goalkeeper. He played for Dublin in last year's All-Ireland Minor Hurling final.

This season he was part of Shay Boland's managerial ticket. Life changed suddenly for the Whitehall Colmcille man last February when he was diagnosed with a serious heart condition.

"I was a ticking time-bomb ready to go off. The medics say I'm lucky to be still here," reveals Cormac.

"I now have a pacemaker in my chest. The whole event has changed my views on life."

Now, Cormac is getting ready to get up on his bike to raise money and awareness for the Irish Heart Foundation, Cardiac Risk In The Young and the Cormac Trust.

"This is a major concern in sport. The reality is that there are other lads like me at both club and county level who just don't know they have a problem. We need to change that."

On April 5th, Cormac begins his cycle around Ireland in the company of his brother, Sean, Kevin Conway and Niall O'Donnell.

Their first stop will be in Eglish, the hometown of Cormac McAnallen. The cycle will take 10 days. It will visit Derry, Sligo, Westport, Galway, Kilmallock, Cork, Waterford and Wexford before returning to Dublin.

There is big interest in the Cycle For Life initiative. The reaction is growing all the while.

"I want to use my condition in a positive way," says Cormac, who'd love to see the Dublin GAA community support the venture.

More information on http://www.facebook.com/ CycleForLife2013