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No arrests for attack on young Tyrone GAA star

Cormac Munroe, who captained the Tyrone U-17 team to All-Ireland glory in August.

THE PSNI has still not made any arrests in relation to the unprovoked assault on a young Tyrone GAA star outside a licensed premises in Belfast last week.

Cormac Munroe, who captained the Tyrone U-17 team to All-Ireland glory in August, was left unconscious and hospitalised after he was punched in the head on Monday, September 25.

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The attack, which happened outside the Hatfield Bar on the Ormeau Road, was captured on a mobile video and shared widely on social media.

The talented teenager is continuing to recover at his home in Carrickmore.

“Cormac is still recovering from the affects of the one-punch attack at home,” his mother Eithne said.

“We are continuing to monitor his progress and have been in regular contact with medical staff both at Carrickmore Health Centre and the hospital to ensure that he continues to make progress.

“Unfortunately, this has seriously curtailed both his sporting activities, study and work, but we are also very aware that he could have become the latest fatality of a one-punch attack.

“Our hope is that he will make a full recovery and that the person responsible for this attack will be brought to justice and unable to do to anyone else, what they did to Cormac.”

The family has expressed its thanks and gratitude to everyone for their messages of support and well-wishes at this difficult time.

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The 17 year-old apprentice electrician is a former World Handball champion and county hurler. One of the games he missed was Carrickmore Eire Og’s Minor hurling league final against Dungannon which was scheduled for earlier this week.

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