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The Cormac Trust

Cause Description

The Cormac Trust are a team of fundraisers, dedicated to battle the causes of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
Up until Cormacs passing, there was little or no awareness of SADS as a disease. This has now changed but we have a lot more work to do. Too many young people are, to this day, dying unnecessarily from SADS. We have much work to do in our field to change this.......


SADS Statistics
Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young
The number of young people who die from these diseases are approximately:
1 every week in Northern Ireland
80 100 every year in the Republic of Ireland
12 every week in the UK


The Cormac Trust was set up after the sudden death of Cormac McAnallen in the morning of 2nd March 2004.

Cormacs death came as a shock to people not only in his local area, but also to people all over Ulster and Ireland, as he was a well-known sportsman of exceptional fitness and of ostensibly perfect health.

It was largely due to the death of Cormac, Irish youth rugby international John McCall and other subsequent cases that the Irish public became aware of the issue of sudden cardiac death among young people.

From the time of Cormacs death the McAnallen family was keen to direct public attention to these cardiac conditions that cause such sudden deaths. Hence the family, with the assistance of the Tyrone County Board of the GAA, set up the Cormac Trust. The following are its four objects:

  • To raise awareness of sudden cardiac deaths in young people, and its causes;
  • To promote cardiac screening for young people, especially for athletes;
  • To provide education and information to raise awareness at government level and among other authorities as to the value of providing facilities for the screening of young people;
  • To provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for sports clubs in the local region, for the use of the entire local community, and to train people in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of defibrillators.

Where Your Money Goes

What are we doing about it?
CPR & Defibrillator Training in Schools, Businesses & Sports Clubs
We provide First Aid Training to Schools, Businesses & Sports Clubs across Ireland
Donated & supplied over 300 Defibrillators to Schools,
Businesses & Sports Clubs
Consistently involved in media campaigns to increase awareness of SADS in Young People.

The Cormac Trust Genetic Research Award
2 year Genetic Research Program in The Mater Hospital

The Cormac Trust is currently funding a 2 year, 50,000 Genetics research program.
Awarded to Cardiologists, Dr. Stephen Tuohy and Dr. Joe Galvin of The Mater Foundation in Dublin.

Grief & Counselling Days
Helping others who lose a loved one

The Cormac Trust has hosted Grief and Counselling days to families who have been affected by SADS
We also often speak with families on an informal basis who are suffering from Grief because of SADS

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): NIC 103452


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Contact Us

Contact Details

61 Main Street, Benburb , Dungannon, Tyrone, UNITED KINGDOM - BT71 7LG