Re­gret in pass­ing of Cor­mac Di­neen

The Corkman - - SPORT -

CORK and Mill­street has lost one of its foot­ball leg­ends on the death yes­ter­day of Cor­mac Di­neen. One of the most iden­ti­fi­able Cork foot­ballers of his gen­er­a­tion, he pro­vided a rock­like pres­ence in the last line of de­fence. Whether it was with club in the county cham­pi­onship or lin­ing out with Cork, the Mill­street man al­ways gave off his very best and no easy scores were recorded against him.

Cor­mac Di­neen came to light on play­ing a key role on help­ing Mill­street to cap­ture its lone County SFC ti­tle in 1948 on de­feat­ing St Vin­cents. Con­sis­tent form se­cured the ve­teri­nary stu­dent se­lec­tion on the Cork team that cap­tured the 1949 Mun­ster SFC.

His calm and as­sured play gath­ered a reg­u­lar berth with Cork. A high­light sur­faced in 1952, part and par­cel of a Cork team that won its first Na­tional Foot­ball League ti­tle. Fel­low club­men De­nis Toots and Teddy Kelle­her also fig­ured with Cork. And on the op­pos­ing New York team in the de­cider was for­mer Mill­street club col­league from 1948, Den Con­nors who had won an All Ire­land SFC medal with Cork in 1945.

Cor­mac Di­neen col­lected an­other Mun­ster SFC medal later in 1952 but an in­jury in the early min­utes to the All Ire­land semi fi­nal against Ca­van robbed Cork of one of its pil­lars of strength.

In a pro­fes­sional ca­reer, Cor­mac Di­neen won re­spect far and wide as a vet and also main­tained a life­long link with Mill­street Town Park where he held the po­si­tion of trea­surer from 1977 up to his death.

Sym­pa­thy is ex­tended to his wife and fam­ily. Ar dheis De go raibh an aimn dilis.

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