Former Tyrone trainer Fergal McCann dies aged 47

Updated / Monday, 8 Mar 2021 20:54

Fergal McCann was 47-years-old

Former Tyrone footballer trainer Fergal McCann has died aged 47 after a long illness.

McCann was part of the management team which led the Red Hand to their second and third All-Ireland titles in 2005 and 2008.

He was a married father of two children and was a member of the Augher, St Macartan's club. He also coached other clubs in Tyrone including Killyclogher and Carrickmore.

But he will be best remembered outside the county for his involvement in two of Tyrone's Sam Maguire Cup triumphs under Mickey Harte, with the Red Hand defeating Kerry on both occasions.

The team also won three Ulster Championships while he was involved.

Tyrone County Chairperson Michael Kerr said: "a giant of the GAA in Tyrone has gone to his eternal reward. For one so young to have achieved so much is testament to a great Gael.

"Fergal was a true gentleman in life even in the white hot heat of championship battles. A very private person, the manner in which he bore his illness over the last twelve months marks the magnitude of the man.

"His legacy is not alone the two All-Ireland winning teams but the influence he had on all those who had the privilege to be coached and managed by him, in clubs and schools. While our loss is massive, it is insignificant compared to that of his family and close friends."