25 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard


It was Monaghan’s version of the Oscars or the BAFTAS as everything that was good and all the achievements in the GAA in Monaghan in 2012 were acknowledged and rewarded.

Special guests on the night along with all the award winners were the county minor hurlers who won an Ulster double last year. Outgoing chairman of the Ulster Hurling Committee Martin McAviney congratulated the players and complimented Monaghan on the work they are doing to promote hurling.

Guest speaker on the night Michael Duignan recalled the enjoyment he got from being involved in sport, playing Connaught Schools rugby, football and hurling as well as dabbling in athletics. He was the winner of 2 All Ireland senior hurling championship medals with his native Offaly and he recalled a number of humorous anecdotes from his playing days.

He went on to advise young players to look after themselves and he also reminded everyone that they will experience difficulties but that there is help out there and he urged the young hurlers in particular to apply themselves to developing their game.

Drumhowan’s Tommy McArdle also provided great entertainment in his look back at events in 2012 and spoke of what he termed were the 5 biggest lies in football, a couple of which were “wishing your neighbours well” and a team being told “you can take any one on your day”, going on from there to concentrate on the lighter side of …

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