John Corcoran did his absolute best for the GAA

January 19th, 2016 4:42 PM

By Southern Star Team

John Corcoran.

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West Cork GAA is mourning the loss of former Carbery chairman John Corcoran who died suddenly today


FROM the moment he first attended a Carbery divisional board meeting in 1978 until his last one just a day before his untimely passing, John Corcoran’s focus was on trying to do his absolute best for the GAA.

This was summed up in an interview he gave to Kieran McCarthy of The Southern Star as he took up the role of Carbery chairman just over three years ago.

‘I always felt that I had a contribution to make to the GAA,’ he said, ‘to promote it and to help in any way that I can to ensure that the GAA stays strong in West Cork. It’s my lifelong interest.’

Before becoming chairman, he was also the Carbery PRO and vice-chairman while he was chairman of St Mary’s at the time of his death, having first had a stint in that role in 1992, following periods as secretary and PRO.

Having been manager when Carbery won the county SFC in 2004, Corcoran was nominated by the division to be a Cork selector under Billy Morgan for 2005 and was retained in that role for the next two years after that.

A popular referee in West Cork for many years, he also chaired the Munster Third-Level Colleges body and sat on the Munster Council.

His final words in that 2012 Star interview sum up the way he approached all of these roles.

‘I have no great fear for the clubs in West Cork. It will be there when we are all gone. We are just the keepers of the flame. Hopefully it will be in a better place for the next generation.’

Also, tributes have poured in from around the GAA world after today's sad news of John Corcoran's passing.


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