Campa Chormaic 2011

Last week I was invited to take a few photos for the Campa Chormaic (or Camp Cormac!) website. Campa Chormaic has been running for 7 years now and was set up after Cormac’s untimely death in 2004.

As most people know Cormac Mc Anallen, from the parish of Eglish Co.Tyrone, was an exceptionally talented footballer who won some of the highest accolades in gaelic football including an All-Ireland winning medal for Tyrone in 2003, a Railway Cup medal for Ulster in 2003, a Sigerson Cup medal for Queen’s University Belfast in 2000 and also playing for Ireland in the International Rules series from 2001-03.

The package the children get at Campa Chormaic is excellent – after a couple hours of Irish language class each morning, the children can then let their hair down and take part in football and hurling coaching. Campa Chormaic has now got so big that it is available to children in counties Derry, Down and Antrim as well as Tyrone.

Campa Chormaic co-ordinators Mark Harte and Conall Martin share a joke with Tyrone's Mark Donnelly (centre).

Former Tyrone player Ryan Mellon explains the drill to the boys.


Perhaps a future player for the Tyrone ladies team!


A new award was presented this year following the untimely death of Michaela Mc Areavey. This beautiful award (entitled 'The Michaela Award') was presented by Michaela's husband John and father, Mickey Harte, to this year's recipient Pauline Barker. Maith thú Póilín.


The teachers, coaches and special guests pictured at the last day of Campa Chormaic Tir Eoghain 2011.

I had a very enjoyable couple of days at Eglish, not only did I meet up with a old faces from school and college, I also picked up a cúpla focal from GCSE Irish along the way!!

Further details about the camp can be found here


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  1. Posted 03/08/2011 at 4:57 pm by Janine | Permalink

    Another great blog D! The Michaela Award looks stunning!!

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